The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has announced a five percent increase of workers’ salaries in the state from this month.
Governor Umahi stated this while speaking at the Abakiliki Township Stadium in the state capital during the 20th anniversary of the state’s creation and Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary celebration.
He also announced the recall of sacked workers of the Ebonyi State College of Education and 37 staff of Ebonyi State Environmental Protection Agency (EBSEPA) who were sacked following the proscription of the law that created the agency.
The Governor said that a dedicated account would be opened where money would be paid into every month for the liquidation of over N5billion arrears of pensions and gratuity.
He also announced that the freeze on promotions in the civil service has now been lifted.
The governor also said his administration has mapped out funds to give to workers as soft loans to start up agricultural ventures of their choices, adding that interested workers will get up to N200,000 loan.
Ebonyi was created in 1996 by Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former head of state, alongside five other states.
Mr Leonard Nkah, President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Ebonyi State Chapter, has commended Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi for approving five per cent pay raise for workers.
He said that by the governor’s action, Umahi had proved to be a listening governor.
Nkah, on Sunday in Abakaliki said that the governor’s action was commendable.
“Gov. Umahi has proved to be a listening governor as the labour movement has been agitating for the pay rise since the current salary template was released and implemented.”
The state NULGE president expressed optimism that “ as a listening governor, Umahi will continue to adjust workers’ salaries upwards periodically.”
Nkah also appealed to the governor to direct the relevant authorities to comply with the governor’s directive by paying local government workers by the 15th of every month.
Gov. Umahi had earlier directed that civil servants should be paid by the 15th of every month.
In line with the directive, workers’ in the state receive their monthly salary by the 15th of every month except local government workers.
Nkah complained that local government workers receive their salary at the end of the month or even in some cases in the first or second week of the next month.
“Primary and junior secondary school teachers who are paid from local government funds are paid on the 15th of every month since the governor gave the directive,” Nkah noted.
He, however, commended the governor for his infrastructural development.
“His infrastructural development is visible in Abakaliki, the state capital, across the 13 local government areas.
“His street lightening programme has reduced crime and increased business hours across major towns in the state.
“I appeal to the people of the state to promptly pay their taxes to enable the government sustain its development programmes,” Nkah pleaded.