- Imo governor holds media parley
- Announces approval of pension payments
- Praises journalists for their support
Rochas Okorocha has announced his approval to pay the backlog accruing from the over 27years of pension arrears owed pensioners in the state. Owelle describes as disheartening ,the geometric increase in the accumulated pensions compared to states like Kano, Kaduna & Lagos.
…saying…”it is unimaginable to see how high our pension funds has cumulatively skyrocketed to a whooping 1.4Billion Naira every month… no doubts, we have made efforts to uncover all loopholes in the system with a view to ensuring regular, proficient and consistent pension payment system from next year…the truth of the matter is that since 1976,when the state was created, my tenure unloaded the pensions during which period,most of the workers retired from service. Today, we are paying from then up until December 2016.”
Recall,Governor Okorocha had, in the past years made drastic efforts in reducing the huge backlog of pensions owed by previous administrations in the state
On the issue of salaries,Okorocha maintains that two months of payment to Civil servants will commence immediately while plans to ensure that, workers are being payed every first day of the month from 2017.
Okorocha who was talking to a cross section of journalists in the state,said he is impressed with Imo journalists for their support and objectivity in recent time, describing their renewed posture as commendable.
Present at the media parley was the Deputy Governor Of Imo state,Prince Eze Madumere,Eze Imo-Eze Samuel Photo, SGI,Sir George Etche,PS,Paschal Obi,state commissioner for information,Engr.Obinna Nshirim & Nuj chairman, Mr Innocent Igwe