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Ikpeazu orders release of N3.2b for salary, pension arrears, others

By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
14 December 2021   |   2:58 am
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the release of N3.2 billion for the payment of several months' salary, pension arrears, and subventions to civil servants in the state.

Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has ordered the release of N3.2 billion for the payment of several months’ salary, pension arrears, and subventions to civil servants in the state.

The Guardian learned that of the amount, N520 million would be used to settle pensioners.

State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Umuahia, yesterday, said payments to the workers commenced on Thursday, December 10, 2021.

He urged the management of the benefitting ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to always ensure strict compliance with the exercise and pay workers and pensioners promptly.

The commissioner, who stressed that the state government did not owe core civil servants to date, explained the difference between core civil servants and public servants in the state’s MDAs.
He pointed out that while the state government was directly responsible for payment of the salary of core civil servants, the management and boards of agencies are responsible for paying their workers in accordance with the laws that established them, as revenue-generating concerns.

He also said the government would only give the boards and management of state-owned organisations subventions to supplement the revenues generated, stressing that it would strive to release the subventions.

Details of the figures as released by Chikamnayo showed that employees of the health management board got N828 million, secondary school teachers N983 million, and pensioners received N520 million.

Also, the Provost of the Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu, Dr. Phillips Nto, confirmed that the college received funds to settle 12-month arrears of its workers.

Besides, the Abia State Polytechnic Aba got four months arrears, Abia State University Teaching Hospital two months, Abia State University, three months, and State College of Health Technology received five-month arrears and N200 million grant to facilitate the relocation to its permanent site.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Uchenna Obigwe, commended the state government for the development, but described the N520 million for pensions as “a drop of water in an ocean.”

He, however, urged those responsible for the disbursements to ensure that the funds got to the beneficiaries and urged the government to settle all outstanding salary and pension arrears and begin payment of monthly salaries as and when due.

Also, a Management Consultant John Okeh advised the beneficiaries to manage their money wisely noting that the funds were released during the festive period without indication of when the next payment will be effected.

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