Forget Promotion Arrears – AKSG Tells NLC

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Akwa Ibom State government said it has suspended payment of promotion arrears to civil servants in the state who were recently issued letters of promotion.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Ekerebong Akpan confirmed this during an interaction with newsmen shortly after a meeting between Governor Udom Emmanuel and leaders of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) at government house, Uyo.
She explained that given the current economic realities, issues of arrears have to be put on hold, while workers’ salaries are given top priority and are paid up to date.
According to her, most of the 10,252 workers recently promoted are due for another promotion adding that they would be paid on their new salary grade level.
On  the late recruitment of teachers, the Head of Service explained that the exercise was marred by fraud even as the government was waiting for the report of the committee that was set up to look into the issues.
On payment of pension and gratuities to retired civil servants, Mrs. Akpan assured that the state government has worked out modalities to ease the payment.
She said workers welfare was of top most importance to the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel whom she described as a friend of labour.
Akpan however, called on workers to cooperate with the present administration as it was doing its best to promote and protect workers.
She noted too, that some states of the federation were owing salaries of workers while others are contemplating down-sizing, but Governor Udom Emmanuel is living up to the expectation of workers.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Labour Congress had given the state government a 21-day notice to address certain grievances including payment of promotion arrears to civil servants who were recently issued promotion letters, payment of pension and gratuities to retired civil servants, refund of 7.5 percent contributory pension fund among others.
Already, Governor Udom had stated clearly that given the present financial situation of the state, government would not be able to meet the workers demand. But the leadership of NLC in the state had in its response vowed to call workers in the state civil service to embark on strike at the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum unless government addresses the grievances of workers.

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