ENUGU—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has approved the payment of arrears of salaries to 731 former staff of some parastatals in the state, who were absorbed into the state’s civil service.
The state government also gave approval for the regularisation of 42 casual staff of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, ESUT, Parklane, Enugu as permanent staff of the establishment.
The above approvals were part of the decisions taken at the meeting of the State Executive Council, EXCO, held at the Government House, Enugu.
Addressing newsmen after the council’s meeting, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe disclosed that “a total of 731 workers, who are former staff of Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme, ENADEP, Sports Council and the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS, will benefit in the arrears’ payment.”
The commissioner explained that “sometime in 2016, it was brought to the attention of government that there were some staff of parastatals who were absorbed into the mainstream of civil service, but were not properly captured, with the result that they now have arrears of salaries that were not paid and these parastatals include Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme, ENADEP, Sports Council and the ESBS totaling seven hundred and thirty-one workers.”
Mr. Anikwe further explained that a committee was set up in 2016 to tackle the issue, adding that “most of the affected workers failed to show up for verification”, which he said, “necessitated another committee in 2017 that submitted the report, which the council considered and approved.”