THE EDUCATOR - April 6 2019

Abia Govt, NLC Agreed to Commence payment of pensioners next week says State Labour Chair

The Abia State Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, comrade Ezinna Uchenna Obigwe said Labour and Abia Government have agreed to commence the payment of pensioners in Abia State by next week.

Comrade Obigwe while interacting with our reporter said after a meeting with the government last Wednesday on the issue of payment of pensioners, government agreed to begin payment of pensioners by next week.

He said because of the challenges of pensioners, he has continued to persuade the state government since his inception as the state labour chairman to ensure that pensioners are being paid which according to him always appeared in his address in a very May day celebration.

The state NLC chairman said government has shown reasonable commitment so far by cueing into the contributory pension scheme process in the state.

“The state government has cued into the contributory pension scheme in the state, and in no distance time, the scheme will commence in the state because inspection of ear face are going now which means there is serious plans to address it and pension administrator will soon be appointed for its effective commencement”, he said.

On the issue of workers’ welfare, comrade Obigwe said despite that they operate in a system where everything has virtually gone wrong, he has been able to bring the labour union in the state together to talk with one voice, and everybody including all the affiliated groups in the labour circle are enjoying good relationship.

“We ensure that regular salaries are paid in MDAs, and we now want to make sure that local governments, teachers, parastatals and pensioners are in the same level. But one of the challenges in some parastatals as government will always say is that they are revenue generators, but when they generate this revenue they will misappropriate it. But at this time of economic hardship parastatals should help government in paying salaries by being prudent in management of IGR”, the Abia labour union leader said.