Breaking : Ayade orders payment of gratuities, salaries with Paris Club refund

The Cross River State Government says the N6 billion and seventy five million naira Paris Club refund recently released to the state by the Federal Government would be used basically for payment of gratuity and salaries of public and civil servants in the state.

The state's Head of service, Mr Ekpenyong Henshaw disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Calabar at the weekend.
According to the Head of Service, "our  Governor Prof. Ben Ayade is desirous of paying all outstanding arrears owed civil servants by the previous administrations because he has their  interest at heart.

"He is ready to do anything within his power to ensure  their salaries and other lawful entitlements are paid as and when due." Consequently, Henshaw said "the Governor has directed the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General to immediately commence processes for the payment of gratuity to 2014 retirees as we round up payment to 2013 retirees."

On the fate of those who are yet to receive their entitlement particularly workers at the local government service, The Head of Service assured that everyone is being carried along saying that "all duly earned gratuities, salaries and pensions by civil servant would be paid subsequently."

He urged workers not to relent in
contributing their quota to the development of the state now that the government is more than ever ready to enthrone the needed reform agenda that will promote efficiency to enhance good governance.

"Governor Ben Ayade places high premium on welfare of civil servants," he said, adding that "the state government is commited in ensuring that it builds a workforce that can compete favourably with their contemporaries at the world arena."
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  1. Special Advisers (SAs), who served under Local Government Chairmen in Governor Duke's administration between 2004 to 2007 were not paid their "severance allowance." Those affected were told that there was no money. I will love to ask, with influx of money from Paris Club refunds, will these forgotten Special Advisers be paid the arrears of the severance allowance? Will Senator Professor Ben Ayade be kind enough to include them in the ongoing payment? If he does, that will be amazing and kind of him. I believe he can revisit that omission and make indelible history for himself. We pray he should and God will bless him immeasurably.



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