Umahi withholds SUBEB staff’s salaries

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has directed that the December salaries of the management and board members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) be withheld over negligence of duty.
Umahi gave the directive on Wednesday in Abakaliki during a meeting with the SUBEB officials, expressing disappointment that they failed to pay teachers’ promotion and leave grants as earlier directed by the government.
Governor Umahi said the affected officials would forfeit their January 2018 salaries if they had received that of December, adding that SUBEB officials should not be paid 50 per cent salary bonus in January 2018 which he promised the workers.
He directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to issue queries to the affected officials in order for them to understand that the welfare of workers under them supersedes other interests.
“Teachers have been calling and sending me text messages, complaining that they have not received the leave and promotion allowances promised by the government. This makes government appear to be deceiving the people without them knowing that I am not aware of the non-payment.
“The availability of my phone number to the people allows me to know what is actually happening in the state though it has its good and bad sides,” he said.

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