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  • Cheers in Enugu as Gov. Ugwuanyi approves the monthly payment of N100 million to Civil servant retirees
  • The Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
    administration in Enugu State in keeping
    with its commitment to the welfare of the
    civil servants and retirees in the state has
    approved the setting aside of the sum of
    N100 million every month for the gradual
    payment of gratuities to state’s retired civil
    servants, totaling N1.2 billion a year.
    The decision was part of the outcome of
    the meeting between the Enugu State
    Executive Council (EXCO) and the
    leadership of the Organized Labour in
    the state.
    Briefing newsmen at the Government
    House, Enugu shortly after the meeting,
    the State Chairmen of the Trade Union
    Congress (TUC) and Nigerian Labour
    Congress, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma
    Igbokwe and Comrade Virginus
    Nwobodo, respectively, also stated that
    the council approved for them the
    payment of non-remitted National
    Housing Funds deductions made from
    workers’ salaries between year 2000
    and 2004, which amounted to the sum
    of N82, 714, 506.00.
    They added that it was agreed that the
    payment would be made in three equal
    installments within eight months, while
    the payment of gratuities takes effect
    from May, 2018.
    According to them, "within 2000 and
    2004 deductions were made from
    workers’ salaries as National Housing
    Funds but were not remitted to the
    Federal Mortgage Bank and now workers
    are retiring every day and they need their
    refund.
    “So we appealed to Gov. Ugwuanyi, a
    true labour-friendly governor, for
    intervention. Although the deductions
    were done by the two previous regimes,
    the governor said we should come and
    when we came today, the council
    approved the payment of N82.7 million
    to be paid in three equal installments
    within eight months”.
    The leaders of Organized Labour, who
    expressed gratitude to Governor
    Ugwuanyi and other members of the
    EXCO for the rare gesture and
    considerations, also disclosed that the
    Biometric Capturing of 80 workers of
    the Enugu State Waste Management
    Authority (ESWAMA) absorbed into the
    State Civil Service was equally approved
    with effect from May this year.
    The leadership of the Organized Labour
    pointed out that the approvals were
    sequel to the requests made to the
    governor by the workers and pensioners
    during their recent solidarity rally in
    support of good governance in Enugu
    State and his re-election in 2019,
    saying: “We are happy today that His
    Excellency through the ratification of
    State Executive Council has granted our
    requests”.
    They noted that the issue of gratuities,
    which was largely inherited from past
    administrations, had remained a source
    of concern to the workers and
    pensioners as the bill is rising every
    day, expressing delight that the gradual
    payment system adopted by the state
    government was a welcome
    development that will go a long way in
    ameliorating the plight of the retirees.
    In his remark, the Commissioner for
    Labour and Productivity, Hon. Charles
    Ogbo Asogwa stated that the council
    approved all the demands presented
    before it by the workers because of its
    commitment to their welfare and the
    wellbeing of the people of the state.
    Hon. Asogwa added that the outcome of
    the meeting was a demonstration of the
    cordial working relationship between
    the state government and the workers of
    the state, assuring them that “the
    government is poised to give priority
    attention to the past and future demands
    of the labour in Enugu State”.

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