Akwa Ibom State Government has paid 335 retired primary school teachers or their next of kin over one billion Naira (₦1 billion) as entitlements.
This was announced by the Commissioner for Information And Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, while briefing Government House Correspondents at the end of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel, penultimate week, at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Uyo.
Ememobong said that the report presented by the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, stated that the N1 billion released as entitlements for primary school teachers has been paid to the beneficiaries which included123 living and retired teachers, 180 next of kin of retired teachers and 32 vulnerable persons.
He added that Council directed the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information and Strategy to issue public service announcements on the resurgence of COVID-19 in the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has set in motion plans to ensure hitch-free elections in the state in 2023.
Towards this end, the government is collaborating with Man O War in order to ensure that the state records violence-free elections.
Ini Ememobong said this while receiving the executive members of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Man O’War, Nigeria, in Uyo, during a courtesy call on him.
Ini Ememobong who lauded the foresight of the organization in embarking on public enlightenment on violence-free electioneering campaigns expressed the willingness of the government to partner with Man O’War as the aspiration was in line with the peaceful disposition of the people of Akwa Ibom state.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Akparawa James Edet, the State Information helmsman said that the Ministry was at the core of disseminating jingles and slogans of Government that entrenched peace and security especially during the electioneering campaigns and expressed appreciation to Man O’ War for the taking on the great cause of campaigning against election violence.
Earlier, the State Commander, Man O’ War Nigeria, Comrade Emmanuel Ibiok had stated that as a viable and potent force for the promotion of responsible citizenship, the organisation geared at instilling leadership ideals for the mobilisation of youths for positive attitudinal change at the grassroots.
Source: Today Nigeria