The Commissioner for Labour and Productivity Barr. Emeka Okeke has promised that All owed to local government workers and pensioners in the 17 local government areas of Enugu State, would be paid soon.
Barr. Emeka Okeke, who disclosed this in an interview in his office said that a committee that would disburse the N3.9 billion has been set up, adding that 25% of the funds is for the clearance of pension whereas 75% is for the clearance of the salary arrears.
According to Okeke, the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was committed to the workers’ welfare.He pointed out that to ensure transparency in the disbursement, the committee is made of representatives from NLC, NULGE, JACC, state chairman of ALGON, former secretary, pensions fund as well as other stakeholders.
To drive home the seriousness of the exercise, Okeke equally disclosed that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance is the chairman of the committee and ICPC staff are also members of the committee.
Okeke equally pointed out that the fund would be disbursed in the same manner the N4.2 billion bail out fund was expended that got the attention of the Senate Committee that verified the compliance of states and gave Enugu a big pass mark.
The Commissioner however, intimated that before the eventual disbursement of the Fund, an audit verification of the staff have to be carried and then the committee will go to local government areas to ensure that it is disbursed appropriately.
Okeke seized the opportunity to dispel the rumour making the rounds that the Paris Club Fund for Enugu State meant for the clearance of council staff and pensions had be diverted.
“The allegation that the money earmarked for disbursement has been diverted cannot hold water. Those peddling such rumour are not informed,” the Commissioner maintained.