By Godwin Oritse
THEÂ payment of theÂ enhanced salary package (monetisation)Â to workers of theÂ Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA which began in July last year, has pitchedÂ management againstÂ staff of the authority as staffers are calling for the payment of arrears of the monetisation policy.
Confirming the payment of the enhanced salary package, the Assistant General Manager of the authority, Mr Musa Iliya said that the authority actually began the payment of enhanced salary last year, adding that the entire package has taken care of the every thing that has to do with the issue of monetisation.
Iliya who read the memorandum to Vanguard titled â€œReview of fringe benefitsâ€ also said the authority has done what it ought to do to its workers as a management.
On the issues of the arrears that the workers are agitating for, the authorityâ€™s spokesman said that he could not comment on it as the Executive director (Mr Tola Atekoja) who has the details was in a board meeting, promising to raise the issue with him immediately after the meeting.
Vanguard also gathered that the workersâ€™ union in the authority are already planning for a showdown with management if there are no concrete arrangements in place to pay them their arrears.
It would recalled that the last administration under former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 stopped all official allowances and monetized all such allowances
While government departments complied almost immediately, other did not commence the implementation of the policy until last year.
While the management of the authority is grappling with the payment of arrears of monetisation, the managements of the Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council (NSC) and that of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are up to date with the implementation of the policy in their organisation.
Speaking to Vanguard, on the successful implementation of the policy, Mr Ignatius Nweke said that the Council even started the payment before the policy came into being. Nweke also said that staff of the Council gets their benefits and allowances along with their salaries on a monthly basis.
He explained that there are different structures for different organisations, adding that may have informed the inability of some organization the commence immediately it was announced.
Speaking in similar vein, the spokespersons for NIMASA Hajia Lami Tumaka said that her organization was also up to date with the payment of monetisation.