As pressure mounts on the state government, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has inaugurated an 8-member committee to articulate the modality for the payment of the arrears of salaries, pensions and allowances owed to civil servants and pensioners in the state.
The committee has been given 14 working days to complete its assignment and hand in its recommendation to the government.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony at the Government House, Umuahia, Ikpeazu, said the administration was determined to maintain a robust relationship with the organised labour.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Ude Oko-Chukwu, noted that the task of taking the state to the next level of development is reliant on the contributions of workers.
He directed the committee to come up with modalities that would make nonpayment of salaries, pensions and allowances a thing of the past in the state.
Members of the committee on the government side include Mr Okey Ihedioha, Mr Kelechi Imeoria and Dr Anthony Agbazuere, a former state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Others are the leadership of the organised labour in the state, including the Chairman of NLC, Mr Uchenna Obigwe, Chairman of the Trade Union, Mr Sunny Onwuma, Chairman of the Joint negotiating Council, Mr Chris Okoro, and Mr Umah Kalu.