Amidst the recurrent shrilly cries of non- payment of salaries, allowances and benefits by workers in the States’ tertiary institutions and agencies, the Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji has constituted committees to probe their activities.
Raising a motion of matter of urgent public importance, Hon. Solomon Akpulonu representing Obingwa East State Constituency observed with anguish the need to do a forensic audit in the States’ higher institutions and agencies to determine why lecturers and workers are owed a-plethora-of months of salaries running up to 10 months or more, in some instances.
Supporting the motion of a forensic audit, Hon. Paul Taribo, representing Ukwa East upheld that it was time for transparency and accountability in the management of the resources of these institutions and agencies came to the front burner for legislative scrutiny.
Hon. Taribo observed with concern that institutions and agencies are capable of generating revenue internally including the allocations made to them by the state government and wondered why they can’t pay their workers.
Hon. Taribo, who doubles as the Deputy leader of the house, observed that the managements of these institutions and agencies fight among themselves and continually think on how to embezzle these monies that are supposed to be used to run these institutions and agencies and asserted that the house can no longer continue to folds its hands in the belief that all is well.
Hon. Jerry Uzosike representing Umuahia South state constituency, Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, representing Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency and Hon. Emeka Okorafor representing Isuikwuato State Constituency commended and supported the motion for a comprehensive forensic audit in the belief that the issue of non-payment of salaries by these institutions and agencies are becoming not only leprous but a direct indictment on their managements incompetence, adding that appointments based on nepotism, cronyism and favouritism are part of the problem.
In the light of the these, the Speaker of the house advised the constituted committees to be thorough in their investigations and make appropriate legislative recommendations that can bring succor to the workers.