By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Akwa Ibom State has exonerated Governor Udom Emmanuel of blames over the delays in payment of pensions and gratuities of some retired members of the union in the state.
NULGE President in the state, Anestina Iwe who stated this during a press conference in Uyo as part of activities to mark the maiden edition of NULGE Week said that pensions and gratuities of NULGE retirees in the state have been paid up to date.
Iwe maintained that those entitlements are still outstanding are those who have problems in the computations of their monies traceable to individuals local government areas.
Her position is contrary to reports making rounds in the state which have accused the state governor, Mr. Udom of refusing to pay pensions and gratuities to some retirees of the council, inspite of revenues accruing to the state from the federation accounts.
He was also alleged to have collected billions of naira as bailout funds from the federal government which percentage was to service such entitlements in states that owed salaries to workers.
According to Iwe, NULGE remained grateful to the Governor for his fatherly concern toward the improvement of the lot staff of the local government service.
“The 125 staff earlier dropped by the Skye Bank Plc, and 93 health staff validated recently. We shall be eternally grateful to His Excellency for the approval to reengage them. We also thank him for allowing for a value chain in the local government with approval to revalidate 310 staff earlier engage for the 424 health facilities within the primary health sector of the local government service.” NULGE President added.
For the maiden edition of NULGE Week in the state which commenced on Sunday, she said awards would be given to individuals and co-operate organisations who have contributed to the improvement of local government service in the state.
Other highlights of activities to include, commissioning of NULGE HOUSE in Uyo, visit to motherless babies’ homes, football match completion and free healthcare.
NULGE week which has its theme, “Local Government: Evolving a new development paradigm,” is expected to be attended by the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and other professionals from the academics.