APC Tackles Udom On Workers Welfare Promises Better Deal


The Akwa Ibom State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edet Eyo Bassey has assured civil servants in the state of their promotion arrears if APC candidate is voted as Governor in the 2019 elections.
Bassey made the disclosure while briefing journalists on the 30th Anniversary celebration of the creation of the state at the party secretariat in Uyo.
He cited from the scriptures, Romans 4:4, “Now, when a man works, his wages (and entitlements) are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation”, adding that it was unfair and unethical for the Akwa Ibom State government to promote a worker without effecting his commensurate promotion benefits which has been the practice in the past.
Bassey recalled the statement credited to the governor at the occasion of his 2017 May Day speech to Labour where he stated unequivocally that “government will soon clear all the backlog of promotion arrears”.
The APC spokesman said his party was inundated with complaints of non-payment of promotion benefits to civil servants.
He specifically mentioned the case of Ministry of Information and Strategy whose members of staff that attended promotion interview in 2015 and 2016 were yet to be issued promotion letters and paid appropriate benefits.
“Even more intriguing is the fact that the promotion letters are kept on-hold to be delivered on a date convenient to government. The implication is that the benefiting officer despite being promoted will not enjoy his new promotion status/salary until the period his promotion letter is released to him/her”. He said.
The APC spokesman lamented the complaints of non-promotion, delayed promotion interviews and failure to release promotion interview results noting that these were some of the petitions received by the Party.
He also lamented the untold hardship and consequences of government’s inappropriate actions mentioned stressing that in time past, promotion arrears were what benefiting officers used to purchase land, build homes and finance higher education for their children. One can only imagine the agony and frustration of the officers deluded by government; he muttered.
On the issue of payment of accumulated leave grant to Primary School Teachers, Bassey said the problem was a recurrent decimal. He opined that the body language of the Governor and his government did not suggest that the long-standing arrears will be settled any time soon. He said jokingly that as far as Gov. Udom Emmanuel is concerned, teachers benefit and reward will be settled in heaven.
The Publicity Secretary charged the PDP led government of Deacon Udom Emmanuel to be passionate and friendly to labour in a similar manner that President Mohammadu Buhari recently approved a “paltry” sum of N44 Billion for payment of backlog of promotion arrears, salary shortfalls and sundry staff claims owed to public servants



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