80 percent of government officials in Cross River State are close to retirement age and should retire by the end of the year, according to Monday Ogbodum, chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, who also expressed concern that there hasn’t been enough hiring to replace the sizable number.
At the May Day Workers’ Rally at UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, he revealed this.
In agreement with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the TUC claimed that when the state governor, Ben Ayade, announced a recruitment drive for the state public service roughly two years ago, there was levity and fraud.
Ogbodum warned the state administration that the state civil service had almost completely disappeared due to workers’ ongoing retirements.
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He voiced concern over the prospect of even more employees retiring before to 2023’s end.
The lack of payment of pensions and gratuities, as well as the government’s failure to fulfil Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) made over the years between the unions and government, were also criticised by the state’s labour leaders.
Governor Ben Ayade remarked in his speech that the state’s regular salary payments and dedication of his administration to the welfare of its workforce had resulted in a positive connection between employees and the government.
The last Workers’ Day we will spend together, he continued, so show the new administration the same support you have shown this administration.
“Over the last eight years, we’ve made an effort to pay salaries quickly. I beg you to keep working hard. Work hard and preserve the civil service’s high standards.