‘Civil servants to receive salaries before political appointees’ 

Civil servants and pensioners are in for a good time in Abia State, where Governor Alex Otti has instructed that their wages be paid before political office holders.

This comes despite the governor lamenting that past administrations in the state owed retirees for so long before his administration cleared the backlog of unpaid pensions.

Governor Otti noted this in his Easter greeting to Abia residents, questioning why retired public personnel who served the state had been denied pensions for so long.

He remarked that paying people’s pensions should not be a source of enjoyment, but said that the joy in the faces of the retirees arose from the fact that they were due for too long.

“It is indeed regrettable that these great men and women (pensioners), who toiled for the state at the peak of their productive years, were owed for so long.

“At any rate, as I mentioned in my address to Abians shortly after my inauguration, never again shall our senior citizens be subjected to the agony of unpaid entitlements.

“I have since directed that full pensions must be paid on or before the 28th of every month, the very same day civil servants in the state get their salaries.

“As a rule, political office holders will only be paid after our obligations to our senior citizens and civil servants have been fulfilled, in full,” Governor Otti affirmed.

He thanked the executives and members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in the State for their faith in his administration, stressing that the welfare of Abia people was very important to his administration.

He declared that Abia has become one of the safest states in the country and advised Abia indigenes and visitors to tour and invest in the state without fear.

He congratulated the Abia people and Christians in general on the celebration of this year’s Easter, saying that no part of the state would be left undeveloped under his watch.

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