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Akpabio Vows To Probe Missing N76m Pension Fund

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 6:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri,  Uyo

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has vowed to dig  into the missing N76 million contributory pension funds of the state College of Education to ensure timely refunds to owners.

Addressing workers during the 2015 Workers’ Day celebration in Uyo on Friday, Akpabio, who noted that the contributory pension funds were 80 per cent funded in other sectors of the service, promised to set up a committee to ensure that such funds, as they concern the college of education, were recovered as soon as possible.

On complains by labour leaders about indiscriminate transfer of engineers and other skilled workers r trained by the state government from sensitive offices at the airport, to mainstream civil service by management of the airport, Akpabio promised to address the issue, assuring that the state cannot train such skilled manpower and take them where they would be redundant.

He noted that most of the affected engineers were trained outside the country to help in the development of the airport, adding that  the state would not tolerate such waste. He, therefore, promised to ensure that their services are well channelled and salaries of those with guanine reasons to move are duly harmonised.

On complains about the plight of primary school teachers and pensioners in the state due to backlog of leave grants, harmonisation of pension and other entitlements, the governor, who promised to summon a meeting of local government chairmen, also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Head of Civil Service to harmonise gray areas for his approval.

While appreciating the recently commissioned rain school built in his honour by the NLC, Akpabio, who invited the workers to pick up a signed copy of certificate of occupancy for proposed worker’s estate, however, drew attention to housing estates being embarked upon by the state government and assured that the state was ready to make allocation to interested civil servants.

Reacting to appeal for amnesty on the 17 lawyers sacked from the judiciary, Akpabio, who noted that the case was in court, however, promised to set a committee to look into the matter and seek possible ways of resolving the issue.

He described as shocking, the general complaints of power blackout with high electricity bills in Uyo. In his words “Electricity problem is shocking because the chairman in charge of four power plants in Akwa Ibom, Senas Ukpana, is from here. I do not see any reason we should have such complainis, we are going to look into it to ensure that the people enjoy the service they pay for”.

Earlier, the state Chairman of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Akamba Awah, drew attention to the economic realities and suggested a review of the minimum wage to N55,000, as well as reduction of fuel price to N40 per liter.