Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has announced plans to pay 13th-month salary as the end of year bonus to workers.
This is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, in Owerri.
Uzodimma said efforts were on to elevate deserving civil servants, adding that outstanding payment of salaries and pensions would soon be cleared.
He urged civil servants to remain committed to the service of government and try not to be partisan.
“All verified 43, 000 workers without issues will never be owed by this government because we do not regard payment of salary as an achievement by any governor. The worker deserves his wage.
”Promotion issues will be looked into as long as the workers remain committed. We want you to desist from blackmailing the government.”
“Your happiness is my happiness, your sadness is my sadness, your hunger is my hunger,” he said.
The Head of Service, Dr. Camilus Iwuagwu, thanked the governor for introducing the automated payroll system, prompt payment of salaries and pensions, provision of free mass transit, civil servants clinic, and training of workers.
He thanked the governor for granting the request to revisit the genuine cases of workers and pensioners, who, as a result of some problems, were omitted from salaries and pensions.
The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Rev. Philip Nwansi, hailed the governor for being workers-friendly.
He hoped that those with issues of unpaid salaries and pensions would soon have reasons to rejoice.