The Akwa Ibom State Authorities mentioned it has started the fee of forty years arrears of pension and gratuities of retired main college academics and their subsequent of kin in batches.

It added that it might make public present of the fee to show to the folks that the fee is actual.

The Head of Civil Service (HOC), Elder Effiong Essien who acknowledged this in an interplay with journalists in Uyo on Thursday, mentioned the fee began on Monday, April 19, as promised,

He famous that the method would proceed all through the week, stressing that the federal government could stage a public present of the fee to persuade ‘doubting Thomases’ that it’s honest with its guarantees.

He acknowledged that the fee which spanned 4 a long time confirmed that the federal government was not solely humane however that Governor Udom Emmanuel was staff’ pleasant.

He mentioned, “It was revealed huge that the fee of the backlog of gratuities have been left behind by earlier authorities and administration within the state, other than 1976 and 1988 for retired main college academics and subsequent of kin, that the fee would begin on Monday.

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“Really, the fee began on Monday and it continues right now. Lots of those that have been chosen for the fee to start out with, have acquired alert, and if every little thing is put collectively, for the doubting thomases, earlier than the week is over, we’d put a public present of the fee.

“The administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel could be very delicate to the necessity and conditions of the folks of the state particularly the employees. The Governor is staff pleasant and ensures salaries are paid, as at when due.

“Final yr, he even paid when staff had been at dwelling in the course of the COVID-19. He pays pension additionally to pensioners and he pays wage. The backlog has been there for over a long time. 1976 -1986, one decade; 1986 -1996, twenty years; 1996 -2006, three a long time; nearly attending to 4 a long time.

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“Everytime they protesters come out, we carry on assuring them that we’re placing issues in place. The protesters will not be even the employees that authorities employed however their subsequent of kin.

“Authorities can’t take up an enormous monetary involvement of that entitlement, however authorities has the nice will to proceed the fee, as funds can be found, a batch could be taken.

“When there’s that consistency, earlier than it, authorities would have gone very far clearing that backlog. In any case, His Excellency cleared ten years backlog of pensions since he got here into workplace, and he is able to do someday like that with the gratuities.”


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