By Kelvin Ololo and Patrick Obia
The Cross River State Government has denied claims that is is owing retirees who worked in the State system pensions.
The finance commissioner, Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr. told CrossRiverWatch in an exclusive interview recently that the State is only owing gratuities which it plans to pay soon.
Mr. Ekpenyong said he was not sure if the local government retirees were been owed pension as he has to confirm from the Local Government Service Commission.
He also spoke on the proposed minimum wage and other issues.
CrossRiverWatch had reported that the Association of Cross River Local Government Pensioners had recently issued a 21 day ultimatum to the State asking for the payment of pension and gratuities arrears totaling NGN11.5 billion.
The association threatened to occupy government offices at the end of the ultimatum until their demands are met.
Listen to the report on CrossRiverWatch Radio…
Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism
CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.
Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.
Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.