Enugu state government approves 10% arrears of 731 workers

Enugu state government approves 10% arrears of 731 workers

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the payment of arrears of salaries due to 731 former staff of some parastatals in the state, who were absorbed into the state’s civil service. In another directive, Enugu state government also gave approval for the regularization and absorption of 42 casual staff of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUT), Parklane, Enugu as permanent staff of the establishment.

These approvals and implementation came to limelight as part of the decisions taken at the meeting of the State Executive Council (EXCO) held at the Government House, Enugu.

Addressing newsmen in Enugu, the commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe disclosed that a total of 731 workers, who are former staff of Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ENADEP), Sports Council and the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), will benefit in the arrears’ payment. In his statement:

“sometime in 2016, it was brought to the attention of government that there were some staff of parastatals who were absorbed into the mainstream of civil service, but were not properly captured, with the result that they now have arrears of salaries that were not paid and these parastatals include Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ENADEP), Sports Council and the ESBS totaling 731 workers”.

Mr. Anikwe further explained that a committee was set up in 2016 to tackle the issue, adding that most of the affected workers failed to show up for verification, which he said, necessitated another committee in 2017 that submitted the report, which the council constituted by Enugu state government considered and approved.

However more than 10 per cent of the affected staff have not been verified,

“and the council was of the opinion that a lot more work needed to be done, so that we can capture everybody and pay everybody at once”.

According to Ogbuagu Anikwe while addressing newsmen after the meeting on the decision of Enugu State government, a total amount needed to liquidate the arrears was N284.96 million.

“Now what the council decided is a commitment to pay them, but for the meantime, just to help them cushion the effects of what they may be suffering at this moment, that 10 per cent of what is owed would be paid while all efforts are made within a reasonable time to verify all the others and pay them. So there is a commitment by the government to pay this sum of N284.96 million”.

Pointing the development on the 42 casual staff of the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Mr. Anikwe stated that “it was agreed by council unanimously that the 42 casual staff should be employed now on a permanent basis”, adding that “their employment should be regularized from the date of their appointment.

Could this be a dimension to put Enugu State governmentback on the map.

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