Abia still mulls implementing FG’s 35K award to workers

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Abia state Governor, Dr Alex Otti has told executive members of the state Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC ) led by the Chairman, Comrade Ogbonnaya Okoro that his government was still mulling the implementation of the federal government approved N35,000.00 wage award to Nigerian workers and that the Committee set up by the state government on the matter has submitted it’s first report.FG

The federal government had announced the N35,000.00 special award to be paid each worker , per month for six months as part of measures to alleviate the hardship which resulted from the sudden fuel subsidy removal immediately president Bola Tinubu came into Office on May, 29th, 2023.

Comrade Okoro urged governor Otti to implement the N35,000.00 approved wage award, address the high-handedness of some government appointees against civil servants, offset arrears of salaries ranging from 3-30 months owed various categories of workers by the previous administration.

 

Governor Otti who spoke when the state NLC executives paid him a working visit, also told them that he directed the Committee to thoroughly execute it’s assignment and also directed the state Commissioner for Finance to look into the discriminatory salary structure for health workers in the state as it concerns the issue of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS)

He further said that government would look critically into arrears of salary owed the Abia workers in various ministries, departments, agencies (MDAS ) and parastatals including the State University Teaching Hospital, Universal Basic Education, College of Education – Technical, State Polytechnic, primary and secondary school teachers etc owed them by the previous state administration.

The governor who said  that a team is working with the Nigerian Union of Pensioners on how to defray the pension arrears, remarked that there are still bad eggs in the system who still engage in padding of salaries and other vices hence, he implored NLC to help identify such people that steal from the government.

“A lot of people are collecting salaries but do not come to work. My challenge to you, is help us, what the ghost workers are doing is steeling from you hence, it is very important you take this as your responsibility”, the governor lamented.