Following the receipt of the Paris Club Refund from the Federal Government, His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as a transparent leader constituted a committee made up of all relevant stakeholders including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), ICPC and DSS for the disbursement of the fund, which the Federal Government requested that at least 50 percent of it should be used for the payment of outstanding salaries and pensions of Local Government workers and pensioners.
However, the governor as a leader who is always there for the people and has deep concern for the pains the LG workers and pensioners were passing through, directed that 100 percent of the fund be used for the payment of their arrears, and also requested for a full scale verification of the beneficiaries to avoid any form of manipulation or injustice.
Consequently, the secretary of the disbursement committee, Hon. Innocent Eze, disclosed that “payment of all arrears of salaries owed Local Government workers in the State has commenced, accordingly”. As at this morning, April 26, 2017, the committee’s secretary confirmed that payment of 14 months salary arrears being owed workers in Nsukka Local Government Area commenced yesterday, April 25, adding the payments are being made through cheques, in the spirit of transparency and accountability.
He further explained that the LG workers will get 75 percent of Paris Club Refund, representing full payment of their arrears, while the pensioners will get 25 percent, immediately after LG workers are paid, to take care of some of their (pensioners) arrears.
Thanks to the People’s Governor, for making it possible for the LG workers and pensioners in Enugu State to experience a breath of fresh air in this period of severe economic recession in the country.
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