As part of his resolve to make the welfare of Akwa Ibom workers his priority, Governor Udom Emmanuel has approved the payment of backlog of arrears of pension and gratuities to retired civil servants in the state.
Finance Commissioner, Nsikan Linus Nkan disclosed this while interacting with labour union leaders under the auspices of the Unified Labour Movement who called on him in his office.
Nkan said the approved payment of backlogs of arrears of promotions and gratuities are to be implemented in batches.
He explained that the State Governor was committed to the wellbeing of retirees in recognition of their laudable contributions to the State’s development while in active service.
The Commissioner urged workers to continue supporting Governor Emmanuel to actualize all his lofty plans for the people of the State, following his workers’ friendly disposition since assumption of office, despite the dwindling resources.
It would be recalled that immediately after taking his oath of office in 2015, Governor Emmanuel had cleared the backlog of retired civil servants’ gratuities dating between 2000 and 2011.
This earned him commendation from the state leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC as a workers friendly governor.