While many states of the federation are indebted to workers, Emmanuel, on assumption of office in 2015, paid gratuity and the backlog of ten years pension that previous governors in Akwa Ibom owed workers. However, paying such backlogs of gratuity and pension has not deterred him from also paying workers’ salaries and allowances promptly.
This explains the cordial relationship between government and workers in the state unlike several other states where workers continue to threaten work-to-rule due to non- payment of backlog of salaries, and even pensions. Recently, the Head of Civil Service, Mrs Ekere Obong Akpan was confident that workers and indeed, Akwa Ibom people, will return this good deed by a massive vote for Emmanuel come 2019.
It is no surprise therefore that the Nigerian Workers Community, NWC, Akwa Ibom State chapter, has pledged support for the re-election bid of the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Chairman of NWC in the state, Mr. Kini Ikpeme, who made the pledge during an endorsement rally with the theme; “Akwa Ibom Civil Servants Are in Safe Hands”, held in Uyo, said their choice of Governor Emmanuel was informed by his commitment to the welfare of workers.
Ikpeme said, “Nigerian Workers Community in Akwa Ibom has mandated me, as its state Chairman to tell Akwa Ibom people and other Nigerians that we are in support of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s re-election bid because he has performed to our satisfaction”.
He continued, “Despite the harsh economic situation in the country he has been able to attract about 12 industries to the state. We are also happy with the prompt and regular payment of workers salary. We want him to serve for another four years.”