Abia: Jubilation as Gov Otti begins payment of judicial workers’ 8-year salary arrears

Alex Otti, the governor of Abia State, has begun disbursing salary arrears owed to state court employees over an eight-year period.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, claimed in a statement that the affected workers had gone on indefinite protest against the previous state government prior to Otti taking office on May 29.

Among the workers’ requests, according to Uko, was the confirmation of Justice Lilian Abai as substantive Chief Judge, who had been acting for more than six months.

Arrears settlement under the Consolidated Judiciary Staff Salary Structure, leave allowances, and judicial autonomy were among the other requests.

The previous administration, according to the statement, only met one of the four requests for confirmation of the Chief Judge after then-Governor-elect Otti vowed to do so upon his inauguration.

Otti’s participation and vow to settle the outstanding salary arrears encouraged the Abia State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to call a halt to the strike in June 2023.

According to the governor’s spokesman, the Abia State Government has followed its commitment by starting to pay aggregated wage arrears to JUSUN members.

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Oracle The union’s head and chairman, Chinedu Eze, was quoted as congratulating Otti and the state government for honoring their pledge to pay salaries.

“It is with a grateful heart full of joy and happiness that I, on behalf of the entire Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria members and executives, wish to inform and appreciate you for the first batch of the CONJUSS arrears paid yesterday (November 15, 2023).

“Sir, we are most grateful and thankful sir. May Almighty God bless you mightily. Amen and remain lifted,” Eze reportedly wrote in a message to the Abia State Governor, through the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ikechukwu Uwanna.

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