The civil servants in Kwara State have endorsed the second term aspiration of the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, but asked him not to forget the promise of ushering in an upward review of their welfare.
The governor has since declared his intention to seek a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. He was elected on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, last year.
At a meeting with Mr. Ahmad, Tuesday, the civil servants said in view of the outstanding performances of the governor and being the only aspirants who had so far presented himself to them, he deserved their support.
In what he christened “second term, upward review,” the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Kola Olumoh, asked the governor to remember the workers, especially in the area of upward review of their welfare.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Umar Akanbi, urged the governor to resolve some issues of concern to workers, especially those who bought Zenith Bank shares some years back but have not had their shares certificate.
He commended the government on its workers’ friendly programmes and policies, such as the absorption of 50 disengaged staff of the Fadama programme in the State.
In his response, Mr. Ahmed directed the Head of Service, Mohammed Dabarako, to compile the list of the affected civil servants in order to resolve the issue promptly.
He also assured civil servants and other public sector workers in the state that their salaries would continue to be paid promptly despite the drastic shortfall in the monthly Federation Account Allocation to the State.
The governor, who described the civil service as the most important instrument of service delivery for any government, stated that “no matter how low the allocations from the federation account may be, salaries of workers will be paid as at when due. As long as I sit here as Governor of Kwara State, I will ensure that your planning processes as civil servants are not distorted through irregular payment of salaries”.
Mr. Ahmed said despite the shortfall in federation account allocation, workers would not be retrenched. He said the welfare of workers would continue to be accorded upward review explaining that while earning from federation account has slided to about N2.4billion monthly, the state’s monthly commitments including salaries stand at about N2.7bn.