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Rivers Restates Commitment To Paying Workers' Salaries

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…Says No Rift Between Amaechi, House Of Assembly
BEVERLY HILLS, May 11, (THEWILL) – The Rivers State Government , Monday, said there was no truth in news reports that the state governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, was at loggerhead with the State House of Assembly.

Reiterating its commitment to paying the salaries of the state civil servants, the Rivers Government said it had paid the March salaries, promising to commence the payment of April salaries soon.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, said: “ The Rivers State Government is surprised at news reports of a rift between Governor Chibuike Amaechi and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Governor Amaechi holds members of the Rivers State House of Assembly in high regard.

“Having served in that same House for eight years, he appreciates the strategic role of the Assembly in ensuring that government is held accountable to its electorate and will work with them to guarantee the rights of all Rivers people.

“The Rivers State Government also wishes to reiterate the fact that it is committed to paying civil servants their hard earned pay because it is their due and not a privilege.

“It is however important for government to confirm that it has paid salaries of its workers for the month of March and will very soon commence the payment of April salaries.

“Once again, government wishes to appreciate the kind understanding of Rivers workers as it strives to ensure that it meets its obligations to them.”