Gov. Emmanuel Releases Public Servants’ Outstanding Promotions
The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, has approved the release of all outstanding promotions in respect of 10,352 (Ten Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-two) Public Servants. A release signed by the Head of Civil Service, Mrs Ekerebong Akpan, shows that the promotion covers years 2012 through 2014.
The release also directs Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments in the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies are requested to process Promotion Letters to the affected Officers without further delay.
Reacting to the release of the promotions, the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade (Elder) Udeme Ottong expressed appreciation the State Governor on the approval for the release of the promotion which he describes as a morale booster and good New Year package for Akwa Ibom State workers. Comrade Ottong emphasized that the release of promotions which is long overdue is a pointer to the fact that Governor Udom Emmanuel means well for Akwa Ibom workers, coming barely few months after his assumption of office.
He pledged the loyalty of Akwa Ibom workers to the government of the day and commended the Head of Civil Service, Mrs Ekerebong Akpan for her efforts and policy of working hard in silence so that success could make the noise. The Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council expressed optimism in Mrs Ekerebong Akpan’s ability to up the bar and drive the Akwa Ibom workers towards achieving greater productivity in the service.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress Comrade (Dr) Akamba Awah, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for the approval of the release of Promotions from 2012 till 2014. He advised that since seniority is very important in the Public Service, delays in release of promotion could create tension and demoralise workers.
Comrade Akamba Awah also praised the Head of Civil Service for her ability to grapple with the various issues that has caused agitation in the labour movement in the last few years and hinted that there is clear indication that the new Head of Civil Service is trustworthy and mother of all.
He expressed optimism that the salary of workers who were genuinely recruited during the last exercise will soon be paid, emphasising that labour is aware of their plight and has been assured that plans has been concluded to ameliorate their sufferings.
On the payment of the 7.5% Contributory Pensions, the Trade Union Congress Chairman said that labour is of the know that the remaining beneficiaries will soon receive their entitlements without further delay and encouraged workers to be of good cheer as things can only get better with Mrs Ekerebong Akpan as Head of Civil Service.