Abia State Government has said that several years of rotten Civil Service System in the state was responsible for the huge pension arrears and outrageous wage bill currently weighing the state down.
The state’sh Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku disclosed this during an interview with journalists at the government secretariat in Umuahia.
Oriaku noted that several years of ignoring and overlooking the improper and undeserving promotions in the Civil Service led to excessive hike in salaries, which its implications are the current problem of skyrocketed pensions.
The Commissioner, who was reacting to question about the protest staged by some pensioners during the May Day celebration in Umuahia, described the pension problem in Abia as fundamental which must be addressed for the state to move forward.
Speaking further he said: “It’s a fundamental problem that has nothing to do with Ikpeazu. It’s a problem that we’ve been able to diagnose and identify where it’s coming from.
“I’m very careful when I talk about pensioners because some of us are well groomed in African culture because you’re talking about old people who are our mothers and fathers. But as a government, we take responsibility of whatever goes on as it affects our standings with pensioners.”