The Special Adviser to Akwa Ibom State Governor on Labour and Productivity, Mr. Ekpenyong Enyinna, has dismissed as farce; wild allegations that Governor Udom Emmanuel had labeled civil servants in the state as unproductive and lazy.
Enyinna who spoke on this and other issues during a chat with this reporter reasoned that considering the background of the Governor as banker; he is thorough with words and could not have made such statement in any forum.
It has been trending on the media for the past few days, especially on the social media that Governor Udom Emmanuel, while responding to the demands and threats by the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has said that he had no time to negotiate with lazy and unproductive civil servants in the state.
In his responds, Enyinna retorted: “How can the Governor call the workers of Akwa Ibom lazy and unproductive considering the fact that most of these persons are graduates, Masters Degree and PhD holders from within and outside the country? Do you believe that the Governor would make that kind of statement? Absolutely not true. Even the Head ivil Service is highly educated and is well respected by the Governor.” The SA maintained.
On the complains that some persons in the civil servant are being owed 10 months salaries; Enyinna explained that some anomalies are still yet to be corrected as regarding the newly recruited civil servants, saying that such correction would take a process.
He disclosed that some of those whose cases have been found to be genuine have been paid their salaries, even as another verification committee has been set up and headed by the Commissioner of Education, Elder Aniekan Akpan to verify the remaining cases and ensure that all genuine workers are paid as soon as possible.
“I think it is better we appreciate Governor Udom Emmanuel rather than peddling all these blackmail, the issue of the new workers scam is what some civil servants in the state should be in jail but he is a compassionate Governor and has decided to just correct the anomalies and forgive the perpetrators despite the retrogressing allocation from the Federal Government, which is less than even a quarter of what it used to be.” He advised.
Enyinna maintained that government under Mr. Udom Emmanuel has done a lot within its eight months in office and is still focused on delivering its promises to the people, hence the influx of investors into the state.
He also stated that the Governor has the interest of Akwa Ibom people at heart, which is why workers salaries have been up to date and on time, adding that the Governor’s decision to pay gratuities to retirees who were owed for over ten years is beyond leadership but about conscience, compassion, equity, fair play and justice.