The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has said Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, is owing117 months of salaries arrears to workers in different agencies and institutions and 30 months of pension benefits to pensioners in the state.
NLC, therefore, urged Governor Ikpeazu to without further delay offset the huge unpaid salaries, allowances and other entitlements owed workers and pensioners in the State in the interest of industrial peace.
The 117 months according to NLC is owed to Abia workers accordingly. 3 months’ salaries to Local Government employees, 23 months’ salary arrears to the staff of ABSUT, 13 months to HMB, 11 months to secondary school teachers, 3 months to Primary School teachers, 30 months to Abia Polytechnic workers, 29 months to Abia College of Education workers, 5 months to Abia College of Health Sciences and 30 months pension benefits.
Contained in a letter to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, by NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the Labour Centre also vowed to deploy the full powers of trade unions and Nigerian workers against the Abia government should it refuse to pay the salaries and pensions owed to workers and pensioners within a short period.
“Your Excellency, the Abia State is turning out to become one of Nigeria’s most worker-unfriendly sub-national governments.
“It is on record that the Abia State Government owes workers and pensioners in the following establishments: Local Government Employees – 3 months’ salaries. The staff of ABSUTH – 23 months’ salary arrears. HMB – 13 months’ salary arrears. Secondary School Teachers – 11 months of salaries. Primary School Teachers – 3 months’ salary. Pensioners in Abia State – 30 months’ pension benefits (Pensioners in the Judiciary sector are owed monthly pension benefits from February 2021 to date)Workers in Abia State Polytechnic – 30 months’ salary arrears. Workers in Abia State College of Education – 29 months’ salary.Workers in Abia State College of Health Sciences – 5 months.” The letter reads