Friday, 27 April 2018

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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