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ESBS Retires Staff, Guest Artistes

Amah Baldwin, Enugu

Adhoc workers of the state owned radio and television stations in Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) have pleaded with the former governor of the state, Mr. Sullivan Chime, to brief the new state Chief Executive, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, about their plight as contained in a letter addressed to him on September 2, 2014.

The guest artists were lamenting the inability of the, Sullivan Chime, administration to absorb them as permanent staff and also pay them arrears of their monthly stipend.

In the same vein, retired staffers of the establishment had made representations to the authorities pleading for their gratuities and pension arrears.

The UNION investigations show that government had paid lip service to the plight of the aged ex- workers who devoted their youth in government service.

The Guest Artists in a letter copied the Speaker, Enugu state House of Assembly, Commissioner for Information and others urged Chime to do the needful so that they could be considered for Absorption into Enugu State Civil Service.

They wrote: “By the time you read this you would have handed over government to a more humane leader and we are not unaware that when you do so, you will at least include in your handover note your strides in different sectors of the state.

“This letter was first sent to your office through the secretary to the state government on September 2, 2014 and no action was taken till date. The content remains the same and will still reflect the mood of that time.

“We adopt this channel to reach you, though late and nothing you can do now but we hope that you can at least let the incoming government of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi know of the content of this letter.

“We the undersigned under the aegis of guests Artistes of ESBS, Enugu, are constrained by the prevailing scenario currently prevailing in the establishment to make this representation for your perusal and consideration.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we were severally and formally employed as guest artistes in the establishment which engagement spans between three years and eight years down the line.

As demeaning as the stipend that came with the appointment letter was, vis-a-vis the job description, we had over the years nonetheless diligently applied ourselves to our individual schedules and available records show that we variously lived up to our expectations.

“We are encouraged all the same by the fact that we have a listening government in Enugu State presided by over by a Godfearing Governor who will surely take steps to save our souls from this unfortunate dilemma if this representation is brought to his notice.

The aggrieved workers   prayed: (1) That we will be considered for absorption into Enugu State Civil Service like our counterparts that are now being deployed by the state civil service commission. (2) That our 3 years arrears of stipend be paid to enable us address our embarrassing financial situation.

Also ESBS pensioners had over the years appealed to the government to pay their entitlements without success.

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