By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Delta state Chapter, at the weekend revealed how Civil Servants frustrated the intention of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to pay their backlog of Promotion arrears, adding that organized labour had summed up the outsted arrears to N6.4billion and presented payment in 2018 in four tranches.
The state Chairman of the Congress, Comrade Good luck Oforburuku who spoke to Journalists in Asaba at the weekend said that contrary to Claims in some quarters that the arrears have not been paid, organized labour was assured by its members of the certainty of the sum which was implemented in four trenches, stressing that it was during the implementation that some offices came up with padded figures not originally in the agreed figure.
According to him, some offices backdated the promotion of their staff after labour had earlier quoted N6.4billion to the Governor, stressing that it was the negligence of duty on the part of Civil Servants not to promote their workers as and when due and not the fault of the government, adding” Our people (. Civil Servants,) told us labour N6.4billion and the Governor verified from the Accountant General before approval, then , people went behind to bring up all that they were now bringing, Why did they not do the Promotion before now,? Why did they not promote their staff when they were supposed to be promoted? How can they promote someone in 2019 to take effect from 2012 when they are aware of the rules? We had gone to the Governor and quoted a huge figure of N6.4billion and to be fair to him, he granted approval right there, but on the part of the labour, we must give information that is credible and one that the government can act on because it’s expected that diligent investigation had been carried out before presentation” The NLC Chairman said that” nobody has come to us to lay Formal Complaints even though we hear rumours” even as he stressed that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa did not set aside some billions for the purpose of any envisaged arrears in the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the state House of Assembly.
He lamented that some agencies waited until the retirement of their staff and then backdate their promotion, a situation he called on relevant authourities in the civil service to discharge their duties as it relates to staff career progression as and when due.