The Akwa Ibom State Government said it has begun the payment of forty years arrears of pension and gratuities of retired primary school teachers and their next of kin in batches.
The Head of Civil Service (HOC), Elder Effiong Essien who stated this in an interaction with journalists in Uyo on Thursday, said the payment started on Monday, April 19, as promised,
He said it would continue throughout the week, stressing that the government may stage a public show of the payment to convince doubting Thomases that it is sincere with its promises and tthe payment which spanned four decades showed that the government was not only humane but that Governor Udom Emmanuel was workers friendly.
He said, “It was published widely that the payment of the backlog of gratuities have been left behind by previous government and administration in the state, apart from 1976 and 1988 for retired primary school teachers and next of kin, that the payment would start on Monday. The administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel is very sensitive to the needs and situations of the people of the state, especially the workers. The Governor is workers friendly and ensures salaries are paid, as at when due.”
He said the government cannot take up a huge financial involvement of that entitlement, but the government has the good will to continue the payment, as funds are available, a batch would be taken despite being that those protesting are not the direct workers he employed but their next of kin.