AKWA IBOM: Govt Denies Owing Workers Salary, Workers Collaborate



The renewed effort at painting Akwa Ibom state government in bad light regarding payment of workers’ salaries is not taken kindly by the government especially as the state is among states that do not owe its workers.

Reacting to the inclusion of the state as one of those that owes its workers, the Chief Press secretary/Senior Personal Assistant on Media to the governor, Mr. Ekerete Udo frowned at the inability of the agency that published such damaging report not checking out facts before making it public.

“We take exception to the issue of indebtedness of workers by the state government. We do not owe any worker a dime. Our workers are very happy and are enthusiastic with their works because government gives priority to the payment of their salaries.

“We are therefore not comfortable that we are lumped up with debtor states and would want the records to be updated”, he said.

According to him, the state was able to pay salaries as at when due, noting that, it was a priority of government since workers would be happy and the issue of strike would not be contemplated, thereby making the governor to remain focused.

Corroborating the stance of the governor’s Spokesman, most of the Workers in the state who spoke to The Guardian confirmed that the only salary outstanding salary is June salary, stressing that since the month has not ended they cannot agree that they are being owed.

With more than 50,000 workforce and dwindling federal allocation for some times now, the CPS said the state government should be commended for not owing workers.

The workers however appealed to the new government at the federal and state levels to consider increment of salaries and allowances of workers, because what they earn cannot not meet their daily needs, due to the high cost of living.

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  • Emem Harry Etukudo


    I can see that The Akwa Ibom State Government has began this new regime on LIES and Trickery. How can the Government of Akwa Ibom look us in the eyes and fabricated such pathetic stories that ALL SALARIES in the State have been Paid!
    I was surprised when a relative called me to accuse me that I have been paid my salary from AKWA IBOM STATE UNIVERSITY. Now that I think about it, I would like to challenge the Chief Press Secretary of Akwa Ibom State to categorically mention with evidence that about 278 Staff of Akwa Ibom State University have been paid about 15 Months Arrears of Salaries owed since 2013.

    These are staff who were employed to meet the need of the institution in several departments and units and also to meet the NUC Accreditation requirement of the Institution. A Process that gave the Institution Full Accreditation in all the Departments of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences.

    Several delegations of these abandoned staff have been sent to the Management of the School and to government but to no avail. During the 1st Convocation of Akwa Ibom State University, the Former Governor, Chief Akpabio avoided mentioning that Staff of the institution were owed any salaries. On May Day, 2015, The NLC Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Branch, mentioned the issue of the salary of Staff of AKSU.

    It is most disheartening that considering the untold hardship that these set of staff are going through, Our Government could publicly make such misguided statements.

    Mr. Chief Press Secretary, Please Challenge the above with evidence!!!!!

    • Prince Tom

      Na wah o….AKWA IBOM StATE chief press secretary/senior personal assistance or whatever your name is, na wah for you o!….how can you just wake up one morning and say such?…are you trying to tell the whole world that you are oblivious of the fact that “WE” the staffs of Akwa Ibom state university(almost 300staffs) that have been working for more than 15months have been paid?…if I may ask,what did you eat this morning?I hope its not Okro cos that the only soup that can make you talk like this!…For the past 15months the staffs of Akwa Ibom state University have not been paid and everybody knows it even the just past legislators n present legislators know this but yet you wake up n open your loud mouth to say Akwa Ibom state aint owing…its surprising to know that you have started this new tenure with lies….I pray thunder doesn’t strike your mouth the next time you say such!….Did you go to mkpat enin this morning?I guess NO!…yours is to sit in the office n talk shit!….where are your records of the payment?….if you have proofs of the payment of Akwa Iboms state University Staffs that were recruited since 2013/2014 please present it….RUBBISH!!!… lie go kill all of una!!!

  • Prince Tom

    Lie lie people…chief press secretary or whatever your name is,you are blatant lier….even @your age you still dey lie!….have you paid Akwa Ibom state university staffs that have been working for 15months + now?have you?whose interest are you trying to protect?…no do wetin go make thunder fire your mouth o cos e go bend for life o!…I don tell you!