By Aruoriwo Ivovi
In line with the unwavering commitment of the Delta State Government to settle all pending promotion arrears owed to Public Servants in the state and the promise made during the electioneering campaign, the esteemed Governor, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Sheriff Oborevwori, has graciously authorized the payment of these long-overdue arrears to the dedicated staff of the State Public Service, commencing from August 2023.
The Governor’s approval, communicated through Circular Ref No. HOS/41/7/16 dated July 5th, 2023, and signed by the Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, aims to deliver positive and uplifting news to all workers within the State Public Service.
Mr. Bayoko revealed that the phased payment would commence in August 2023, starting with Civil Servants in the Ministries. Subsequently, staff in the Judiciary, Parastatals, and Hospitals Management Board (HMB) will receive their payments in September 2023.
“Governor Oborevwori has approved a specific payment schedule, wherein the promotion arrears for staff in Higher Institutions within the state and the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) will be disbursed in October and November 2023, respectively.”
Emphasizing that this payment approval serves as a testament to the Governor’s unwavering dedication to the growth and productivity of the Public Service in the state, the Head of Service stressed the significance of public servants’ continued hard work and commitment to their duties.
“This payment serves as a clarion call for commitment, cooperation, and support towards His Excellency’s vision of a productive and thriving Public Service. Therefore, we implore all staff members to maintain the dedication and hard work that have always been the hallmark of the Public Service,” stated Bayoko.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of public servants in the state, the Head of Service extended heartfelt appreciation to the Governor for this gesture.
Mr. Bayoko also extended his appreciation to the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, whom he said had earlier approved the payments in principle.
He further highlighted the critical importance of promptly processing subsequent updates for eligible officers within three months of receiving relevant letters, urging Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to prioritize these matters.