Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Over 2,500 delisted staff in Cross River have heaved a sigh of relief after their re-absorption into the state’s civil service commission. This is coming after weeks of protests, following the removal of their names from the pay roll since September 2019.
Coordinator of the group, Agbor Francis disclosed this to TNN in Calabar during a telephone conversation. Francis who is the public relations officer of College of Education, Akamkpa confirmed that they had received their salary for the month of October, 2020.
He however called on the state government to add the names of their colleagues who joined the state civil service in 2018[frontpage_news widget=”2912″ name=”Also Read”]
but are yet to be put on payroll of the state government. He said they are still expecting arrears from the state government, commending the government for remembering them after months of neglect.
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He said “those that were on payroll before now have been paid. It is those that were not on payroll that we are fast-tracking their payment. We are hoping that they will get paid by the end of November. They are the ones that were employed in 2018. We are seriously following it up to see that they get paid.
“It is true that the arrears were not paid, but our concern now is for our colleagues to be on payroll so that we can collectively fight for the arrears.” He stressed that they cannot just request for arrears when their colleagues are not on payroll. He said they were just given appointment letters but that their names have not been added to the payroll.
Recall that the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade while addressing the affected workers at the U.J Eguene stadium in Calabar had promised to address their request. He said it is true that their employment was done through the back door that their outcry has made him to have a change of mind and engage them as fresh employees of the state civil service commission