The Abia State government said on Wednesday that it would start enforcing the no-work, no-pay policy against striking employees.
Chris Ezem, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), stated in a statement on Wednesday that the decision was made necessary as a result of state employees’ persistent industrial activities.
Ezem characterized the ongoing strikes as backward and unproductive.
He claimed that some of the unpaid salaries were left over from earlier administrations.
The government is concerned about the recent wave of ongoing strikes by various government agencies as a last resort to pressing their demands on the government, according to the statement.
“To put it mildly, this conduct is unhelpful and backwards.
A case in point is the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH). This administration has been in place for 97 months.
“Since the inception of the present Administration, ABSUTH has been on strike for 21 months whilst Resident Doctors have been on strike for 25 months (from November 2018 till date).
“However, the government has continually paid ABSUTH salaries for 34 months and Resident Doctors for 35 months.
“To this end, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, directs as a matter of policy that henceforth, the Rule of ‘no work; no pay’ applies in Abia State.
“Whereas we promise and commit to paying all genuine workers their entitlements, we shall resist any attempt by some politicians to blackmail the government and undermine the well-being of innocent citizens by politicising workers’ welfare.
“In view of the foregoing, all government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the general public are by this notice invited to note the above policy for compliance.”