Enugu State’s labor unions have praised Governor Peter Mbah for promptly paying out two months’ worth of pensions to state employees who have since retired.
After the government committee’s report was turned in, the pension arrears were paid in full, including one of the two remaining months.
Inaugurated in early August and led by Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, Secretary to the State Government, the Committee on Verification and Payment of Outstanding Pensions and Gratuities to State Retirees had two weeks to report back to Governor Peter Mbah.
Comrade Barr. Fabian Nwigbo, State Chair of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Comrade Benneth Asogwa, State Chair of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), released a statement Friday praising Mbah as a governor who is reliable and honest.
The organized labor thanked the governor for his administration’s responsiveness to the needs of the citizenry, especially workers and retirees, saying the pensions would go a long way toward alleviating the hardships occasioned by the federal government’s removal of fuel subsidy.
Union leaders expressed optimism that the remaining one month of pensions and gratuities will be paid soon after the governor paid out two months’ worth of pensions immediately.
We want to share with Governor Peter Mbah the excitement that has spread throughout the community because of these retirees,” the statement reads in part.
This commendable deed is in line with his commitment to helping citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us, the retirees.
It is important to let the Governor know that the retirees are looking forward to the day when they will begin receiving their gratuities because all of his promises to the citizenry are coming true.