No Civil Servant Promoted In Cross River Since 2016 – TUC Laments Low Worker’s Morale

Chairman of Cross River State chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Monday Ogbodum, disclosed that no civil servant in under the Governor Ben Ayade-led administration in the last seven years has witnessed promotion.

Ogbodum revealed this on Thursday in Calabar while speaking to journalists on a wide range of issues as it affected the welfare of workers under Ayade’s administration which comes to an end on May 29.

According to him, aside from regular payment of salaries and pensions, workers had the worst of welfare under the administration.

Describing the working environment of workers as probably the worst in the country, Ogbodum said the last time retirees were paid gratuity was in 2014.

“Promotion for workers since 2016 has not been 100 per cent implemented while nothing is being done or has been done to local government workers.

“Payment of gratuities: A committee put in place by the government to actualise and effect payment has become moribund after the initial release of the sum of N200 million in January to April 2022 which could not accommodate all retirees in the month of March 2014.

“No further release has been made by the government. Therefore, payment of gratuities to state retirees from April 2014 and local government workers from 2012 is still pending,” he stated.

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On the payment of salaries and pension, Ogbodum said while the workers still awaited salary for April, the administration had been regular with payment even though it was often delayed.

“Annual incremental rate used to be a thing of joy and a little relief to workers when at the month of January every year, a token is being added to their salaries, but the government had reneged on this, despite the MOU entered into.

“Supply of computers: Workers’ salaries were deducted for this purpose and up till now, some workers have not been supplied computers.

“The committee as captured in the MOU to ascertain the outstanding liabilities has not been set up by the government.”

He furthered that the last minimum wage was yet to be fully implemented by the outgoing administration.

He said that only workers between levels one to six had fully enjoyed payment of the minimum wage while it was yet to be fully implemented for workers on levels seven to 17.

Ogbodum, who is also the State Chairman of the Senior Civil Servants Association of Nigeria, however, tasked the incoming administration of Sen. Bassey Otu to prioritise workers’ welfare, to get the best out of them.

“As I speak with you, workers morale in Cross River is at its lowest ebb and the incoming administration must put mechanism in place to boost their morale,” he said