Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has directed the Accountant-General, on behalf of the Local Government Service Commission, pay all the arrears of gratuities of local government employees for the past 10 years from 2002 to 2011.
A Government House statement in Uyo yesterday, said the governor’s decision to clear the backlog of gratuities was in fulfilment of his promise to clear all outstanding entitlement of workers in the state.
Meanwhile, the news of the governor’s kind gesture has been warmly received with instant excitement by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the affected workers even as the entire state has also erupted in jubilation.
One of the affected workers, Mrs. Otobong Ekong, praised the governor for his swift response to the plight of the affected workers, even in the face of paucity of funds and economic downturn.
Ekong prayed God to protect and grant the State Chief Executive, robust health and wisdom to pilot the affairs of Akwa Ibom.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom has called on indigenes of the state in the Diaspora to close ranks and work for the development of the state by using their positions to attract investments and other innovations to their home state and country.
The governor said that no development could thrive in an environment where discordant tunes are harped and that it is imperative for all to contribute their quota towards exploiting the vast resources in the state for wealth creation.
He urged them not to be carried away by falsehood perpetrated by his detractors.
Emmanuel made the call at Valley Forge Resort, Pennsylvania, USA, where he addressed indigenes of the state under the aegis of AkwaIbom Diaspora Association.
The governor used the forum to highlight some of the programmes of his administration to include intervention efforts on ecological challenges and specifically mentioned the menace of gully erosion which has threatened some part of the State.
On industrialisation, Udom announced the setting-up of technical committees on Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, Ibaka Deep Sea Port, agriculture and food sufficiency, stabilisation of power supply, establishment of vehicle assembling plant as well as availability of enabling environment for private investors to operate.
He charged them not rest on their oars by relishing in the ambience of a developed environment but to tap some of the knowledge gained to boost the economy of their home state.

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