Despite dwindling resources due to the prevailing economic recession in our country, Governor Udom Emmanuel remains focused on delivering qualitative governance.

When on May 29, 2015, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel took office as governor of Akwa Ibom State, he presented a five-point agenda of wealth creation, job creation, poverty alleviation, political and economic inclusiveness and infrastructural consolidation, as blueprint for the development of the state.

For just about 30 months on saddle, the Governor has not left anyone in doubt as to his mission of translating his campaign promises to affect lives, thereby ensuring that government is seen as a force for good. Below are achievements of the present administration, under manpower development and workers welfare, so far.

MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT AND WORKERS WELFARE

The following achievements have been recorded under manpower development and workers welfare, within the period under review:

·  Prompt payment of salaries and allowances to public servants. February 2018 salaries have been paid, at a time so many States are grappling with backlog of unpaid salary arrears some up to 7 or 8 months.

·        Payment of gratuity
·        Payment of backlog of 10 years pension
·      Re-commencement of the monthly keep-fit exercises for public officers, tagged, “Jogging to Serve Better”.
· Release of backlog of promotions from 2012 to 2014. No fewer than 10, 352 public servants benefited from the exercise, which made them advance to their next respective salary grade levels;
· Appointment of 20 new Permanent Secretaries, 14 in 2016, and six in 2017;
· Payment of Salaries to staff recruited in 2014/2015/2016;
·Settlement of outstanding financial entitlements of the defunct Metro Hotel Staff;
·        Refund of the 7.5% Contributory Pension Funds to contributors. The exercise is ongoing;
·  Verification/Clearance on issues arising from Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and payment of Salaries/Arrears to the affected public officers;
·   Intervention in, and resolution of, industrial issues with labour;
·Prompt/regular payment of salaries, pensions and leave grants to workers;
·Interactive/orientation sessions with all categories of public officers in the employ of the State Government;
· Payment of pensions to retirees immediately on retirement, through the process of graduation from salary payroll to pension payroll, while awaiting bulk payment (gratuity), as dictated by availability of funds.
. ICT Training for various categories of workers and provision of Laptop Computers to the workers.
.   Training and re-training of workers at the Civil Service Training Centre to sharpen their skills and for job competence.
. Collaboration with professional institutes and organizations for training of professional officers in different MDAs of government.

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