Workers give Okorocha seven days ultimatum to pay salary, pension arrears.
Imo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) have given Governor Rochas Okorocha seven days to pay workers and retirees salaries and pension arrears.
This followed their angst over the delay in paying them their salaries and pensions, even as they expressed disappointment over the situation, blaming the state’s Accountant General for failure to pay them in spite of representations to his office.
A letter jointly signed by state chairmen of the unions, Austin Chilakpu, NkimTangban and Aloy Iwuanyanwu respectively, stated that the reasons for failure to pay workers’ salaries and retirees their pensions were unacceptable to organized labor.
They argued that continued delay of payment despite receiving allocations of local councils, 13 percent derivation, ecological fund and internally generated revenue (IGR), among others, was not justifiable.
When contacted, Secretary to the State Government, Mark Uchendu, said the ultimatum was not necessary, as the state government has no intention of owing workers.
He assured that the salaries would be paid before the end of the week and asked the unions to exercise a little patience.
“Government is willing to pay and we will pay. We are working on that and before Friday, hopefully, we will sort it out. There is no reason for workers to raise alarm because they know we have never owed them,” he said.