- August 14, 2015
- Posted by: Website Admin
- Category: Akwa Ibom, National News, Uncategorized
In a bid to ensure the smooth dispensation of outstanding arrears of gratuity benefits to Local Government Pensioners in the State, the Commissioner for Finance, Akan Okon has visited the payment venue to inspect the ongoing exercise.
The Commissioner who was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Eme-Ette Imuk was conducted round the designated centre at the State Secretariat complex by the Secretary, Local Government Pensions Board, Uduak Udo.
Addressing the participants, Okon stated that the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel was sensitive to the wellbeing of the retirees in view of their positive contributions to the State’s development while in active service which he said informed the prompt release of funds for clearance of backlog of gratuities owed them from 2000 to 2011.
He assured that government was working very hard in spite of the dwindling resources to ensure the payment of 100% of their benefits and sued for their continuous support to the State Governor for him to actualize all his lofty plans for the people of the State.
The Secretary, UdLocal Government Pensions Board uak Udoh lauded the commitment of the State Governor towards addressing the hardship faced by the Unified Local Government Pensioners over the years, stating that gratuity cheques will be issued to eligible Pensioners after the verification for onward movement to the bank for payment.
On his part, the Chairman, Local Government Pensioners, Efanga Etah expressed gratitude to Governor Emmanuel for alleviating their sufferings and said by this gesture their hopes were rekindled, praying God to bless and sustain him as he continues to pilot the affairs of the State.