There seens to be a silent revolution in Cross River State. This is as the state government announced the reduction of monthly take home of the Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, his Deputy and the entire exco of the state. This is in an effort to bring more people on board.
Governor Ayade is to forfeit 80 per cent of his salary, the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu, as well as the 28 Commissioners that make up the executive council will forego 20 per cent of their salaries towards the same end.
Commissioner for Information, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, in company of other Commissioners, said it became imperative for the reduction “to ensure that our brothers and sisters coming into government go home with something.”
According to her, “Everyone should support the lofty vision of the Governor. Instead of few people in government earning so much, better for many to earn little. This is done so as not to put extra burden on the budget of the state.
“We are working in the cabinet to ensure the lives of Cross Riverians are better. We are corruption fighters; hence the question of dipping our hands into other sources does not arise. We are proven men and women of integrity.”
She said the deductions were backdated to when they assumed office in November 2015.