Akwa Ibom set to pay arrears of pension to LG workers




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UYO – The Akwa on Friday said it was now ready to pay all arrears of pension to retired local workers.

The for Local and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uwem Etuk, said this Uyo while briefing the House of Assembly Committee on Human Rights and Public Petitions.

Etuk said all pensioners would receive pension because the state had increased the ministry’s monthly allocation for such payment from N60.5 million to N123 million.

He assured the increment, the ministry was now a position to pay all arrears owed local government pensioners.

Etuk, was represented by the Permanent Secretary the ministry, Dr Effiong Abia, said the number of pensioners had increased above the budgetary provision since 2009.

Reacting to the development, the State Secretary of Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Chief Cosmos Essien, said that the union had petitioned the State House of Assembly on the matter.

Essien commended the commitment of the House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions in finding solutions to the plight of the pensioners.

“We are very happy to hear from the and the Accountant General that money for our pension arrears have been approved by the Joint Account Committee.

“We are pleased that at the moment the gap has been bridged; we are grateful to the House of Assembly,” Essien said.

The Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights and Public Petitions, Mr Ekong Sampson, said that the House of Assembly was committed to making life meaningful to pensioners.

Sampson, is a PDP member representing Mkpat Enin , said that the House of Assembly was working on an enduring framework to resolve pension issues permanently.

The legislator commended the Gov. Godswill Akpabio  for responding to the plight of pensioners promptly. (NAN)