Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has forfeited 80 per cent of his salary to accommodate the expansion of his government.
Also the deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, as well as the 28 Commissioners that make up the executive council have forfeited 20 per cent of their salaries towards the same end.
Commissioner for Information, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, who led other Commissioners to the Ernest Etim Press Centre in Calabar Tuesday, said the gesture was a voluntary sacrifice “to ensure that our brothers and sisters coming into government go home with something.”
She said, “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.
Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong, did not give figures, but said their salaries are set by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).