Four days after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) resumed its strike in the state, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State ordered the prompt payment of workers’ salaries in the state.
After considering the myriad of issues workers and pensioners are facing in the state, the NLC instructed members to continue on an indefinite strike on Monday, May 8.
Despite the difficulties the state government is currently encountering, the governor has instructed the office of the Accountant General to start paying wages to ministries and parastatals as of today, Friday, May 12, 2023, according to a statement from Barr Chris Ezem, Secretary to the Government.
The statement claims that the lengthy court order blocking the state government’s various accounts had an impact on the payment of salary for the months of March and April 2023.
The salaries of local government employees are current, with the exception of the inherited 5 months of arrears, out of which it has already paid 3 months, according to Ezem, which stated that no core ministry or civil servant is still due money.
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However, the government has ordered the 17 LGAs’ local government agencies to start paying health employees’ salaries right away.
He urged everyone who was impacted to return to work at their offices right once and to make sure that all ministries and the office of the Accountant General resume their normal operations in order to carry out the mandate.
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