Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, in the spirit of the Christmas celebrations has promised to pay an extra one month salary (13th month) bonus to workers under the state employment.
Junior workers in the state are to receive 100 per cent bonus while those in the senior cadre would be payed 50 percent of whatever they receive monthly.
Gov. Umahi made the promise at a one-day official visit to the state owned University permanent site, Ezzamgbo at the weekend, disclosing that the State House of Assembly had already given approval to that effect.
Boasting that his administration was neither owing workers salaries nor pensions, Governor David Umahi further disclosed his administration’s plan to begin immediate payment of gratuity arrears owed by both local and state governments since 1993 amounting to N8 billion.
The governor who expressed dismay that civil servants found it difficult to pay their retired colleagues their pensions but would want to be paid when they retired, said the payment would begin payment of gratuities this December with the families of retirees who had already died.
In his words:
“We are not owing anybody pension in Ebonyi state. Gratuity is owed since 1993 and gratuity for both local and state governments is over N8 billion but the funny thing is that when you seat as a civil servants,you refuse to pay others their gratuities and when you now leave, you start insisting, we should pay gratuity.
“So, for those we have owed gratuity for a very long time; we are expecting a miracle. What we want to do for our brothers and sisters that were not paid gratuities and they are dead, we intend to look at them and see how we can pay off their gratuities through their families and we hope to do it this December.
“We also want to pay everyone that has retired 10 percent of whatever we owe him/her in the name of pension and other allowances.”
Governor David Umahi while stressing that there was no going back to dry season farming in the state next year, adds that his government has assisted Ebonyians mostly women doing petty business (not hawkers) in Lagos with N140 million which was shared N10 million per local government to enhance their business opportunities.
Recall that just recently in October, Gov. Umahi had announced 5 percent salary increment to all the workers.