GOV. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has reassured on the readiness of his administration to commence the payment of pensions in the state within the shortest period of time.
He noted that he is mindful of the plight of the pensioners in the state, but enjoined them to exercise a little more patience with the efforts of the government to address their payment issue.
The governor gave the assurance while on inspection of the ongoing capturing of the over 29, 000 pensioners’ files and data, at Government House, on Tuesday.
Ihedioha said: “We did promise our pensioners that we are going to pay them, but it is important that we verify those we are going to pay.
“I appreciate the patience our pensioners have displayed over the period and I am happy we are making the needed efforts and sacrifices to ensure that we keep faith with our pensioners.”
Earlier, briefing the governor, the Head of Service, Alma Eluwa and Chief Technical Adviser to the governor, Paschal Madu, said that the capturing exercise was moving faster than estimated, stressing that it may be concluded in four days as against the two weeks earlier earmarked for it.
Responding shortly after the inspection, the state chairmen of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, and Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Josiah Ugochukwu and Comrade Austin Chilakpo expressed satisfaction with the genuineness on part of the government to the welfare of the pensioners in the state.
They also appealed to the pensioners in the state to exercise patience with the government, pointing out that with what they have seen on ground, they are optimistic and it would not take long for them to be paid.
Ugochukwu said that “from what we observed today, we are satisfied and better informed of what the government is doing. We commend the governor because he is starting and starting of anything is not very easy. He has to lay the foundation and build on that foundation. There is no doubt he has started well. He has said he loves the pensioners and we can see he is making genuine effort to carry us along.”
“Let us have hope and continue to believe in the government because from what we have seen, the governor and the present government have the pensioners at heart,” Chilakpo added
– Aug. 14, 2019 @ 19:20 GMT |