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The National Union of Hotels and Personal Services Workers in Akwa Ibom has debunk a publication in the local tabloid, Global Post Newspaper of August 17, 2016 titled, “The Woman Accused of Fraud: How the Former Head of Civil Service Starved Many Families”, describing it as spurious.
In a letter to Governor Udom Emmanuel dated August 17, 2016 through the Head of Civil Service captioned, “We Disassociate Ourselves from the Global Post Newspaper Publication” jointly signed by the union’s State Chairman, Comrade Imoh Ekong and Secretary, Comrade Uduak James respectively condemned the mischievous report, which they said was the figment of the writer.
“We the leadership of National Union of Hotel and Personal Services Workers, Akwa Ibom State Council writes to disassociate ourselves from the write up in Global Post Newspaper of 17th August, 2016 to the effect that, money was already paid by the government.
“We believe in your ability to conclusively solve this matter by appealing to His Excellency, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel to set aside the publication and still go ahead with the process of payment in line with our previous letters, meetings and understanding we reached on the subject matter”, the letter stated.
This counter position by the group, follows a false claim by the said newspaper that, the former Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Cecilia Udo Essien colluded with former commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Nkang Udeh to embezzled undisclosed sums approved by Ex-Governor Godswill Akpabio for the payment of financial entitlements of 85 indigent workers who were disengaged from work by the Cross River Hotel and Tourism Board in Calabar.
It would be recalled that, in 1994 indigenes of Akwa Ibom who served in Metro Hotel, Calabar under the Cross River Hotel and Tourism Board were asked to return to their state of origin, while their counterparts in Akwa Ibom were also directed to go.
Meanwhile, it was reliably gathered that effort by the state government to pay the affected workers was ongoing, following a letter to the representatives of the union in March this year.
The union, while thanking Governor Udom Emmanuel for his understanding appealed to the state government to expedite action in the settlement of their entitlements to cushion the effect of growing economic recession.