By Suoyo Ekubo
The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has approved the immediate release of monthly pensions for additional 1,191 retirees from the Rivers State Civil Service.
Governor Wike disclosed this during the celebration of the 2022 Workers Day Celebration at Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt, on Monday.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Ipalibo Banigo, said the payment took immediate effect from April, stressing that the payments were received between Thursday and Friday last week.
Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers, Governor Wike said that under his watch, salaries are paid to all workers in the public sector promptly and provided monthly overhead costs to enable them to perform their functions and run their offices effectively.
“Rivers State Government pays salaries to all workers in the public sector promptly and provides monthly overheads to enable perform their functions and run their offices effectively.
“Government has paid all outstanding monthly pensions up till date for all who have completed their biometrics.
“The governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Governor Wike approved the release of monthly pensions for additives 1,191 retirees from the Rivers State Civil Service, which payment took immediate effect from April 2022 and was effected precisely on Thursday/Friday last week. Now, Rivers State is committed to the welfare of our workers.”
The governor described the theme for this year’s May Day celebration, “Labour, Politics, the Quest for Good Governance and National Development”, as apt, given the current socio-economic and security challenges foisted on Nigerians by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.
While noting that the Rivers State Government has been able to surmount most security challenges to give workers in the state a safe environment to work in, Governor Wike wished all workers in the state and their counterparts worldwide a happy May Day Celebration.
“There is no development that can reasonably be achieved in the face of massive insecurity, banditry, and herdsmen carnage that has pervaded our dear nation in the recent past.
“Rivers State under the watch of his Excellency, Governor Wike has been able to surmount the security challenges within her domain to give the workers in Rivers State a safe environment to work in.”
The governor, who described civil servants as the engine room of government, urged public and private workers in the state to remain productive and committed to carrying out their duties.
Governor Wike assured the workers that the recommendation of the tripartite committee would be adequately addressed.
“I do believe that we will continue to work together, be productive in our work. It’s the cooperation between government and labour we need to be able to improve the welfare of our workers.”