Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State expressed his disapproval on Monday regarding the accumulation of promotion arrears. He instructed that employees should be promoted promptly, and their corresponding financial obligations should be met.
During a courtesy call by the Judges of the State Judiciary at Government House, Asaba, Oborevwori emphasized that addressing promotion arrears would be avoided by ensuring timely promotions for workers.
The Governor said: “On the issue of promotion arrears, I don’t want to hear it again because if workers are promoted as and when due, the issue of promotion arrears will not arise. But when you delay and you take about two years and accumulate this money for us to pay, it is not easy for the Government.
“When we came in, we heard about the salary arrears which was not caused by the Government. When people are due for promotion and you don’t promote them at that time, thereby causing problem for the Government.
“When I asked for the salary arrears, I was told N5.5bn and I said I will pay it in four tranches and we have paid two tranches, we will conclude the payment in November. I have promised and I have made the money available”.
Oborevwori mentioned that his administration sanctioned a monthly disbursement of more than N600 million, allocating N10,000 to each worker, for a three-month period as a palliative measure to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to the attainment of independent and financially autonomous Judiciary, saying: “When I was the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, we passed the bill for financial autonomy of the Judiciary and that of the request to increase the service years of the Judiciary from 65 to 70 years.
“As a custodian of the executive arm of Government, I am not unaware of the challenges that faces the judiciary but I must confess that they have been a strong ally in shaping the future of our dear State and in moving our nation forward.
“I am aware of the various capacity building fora that the leadership of the judiciary has embarked upon in recent times in the collective development of our judiciary.
“As a Government founded on morality, equity and justice, we will continue to be supportive of your role in the achievements of a better society for mankind.
“The world is changing very rapidly in this advent of technology and we need judicial officers who are not only technologically savy, but are also in tune with global best practices of their profession.
“I believe that by the time they work in the new ultra-modern high court complex, when completed and equipped; I am confident that it will boost the moral of staff and enhance their productivity.”
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