May Day: Obiano Pledges Commitment To Workers’ Welfare

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Anambra state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has given more assurance that his administration would continue to accord priority to the welfare of workers in Anambra state.

The governor made this known on Wednesday during the 2019 Worker’s Day celebration with the Theme: Another 100 years of struggle for jobs, dignity and social justice in Nigeria, held in Dr. Alex Ekwueme square Awka, the Anambra state capital.

Declaring the celebration open, Governor Obiano appreciated the workers in the state for their unalloyed support to his administration especially during the just concluded House of Assembly election that made his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, win the election convincingly.

He further reassured the workers that he would continue to fulfill all the promises including the payment of the 30,000 New National Minimum Wage made to them, saying that their welfare remains paramount to his administration and called on them to always discharge their duties effectively and efficiently for the overall development of Anambra State.

State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodie, eulogised Governor Obiano for his sterling performance in the state especially the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, efficient security network, infrastructural development among others, and appealed to the governor to also look at the issue of housing deficit confronting the teachers, lack of qualified teachers in the state among others.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Jerry Nnubia, in his address, said that the celebration affords the members an opportunity to interact and reach resolutions on issues that bind them together in order to move the union forward, even as he praised Governor Obiano for being among the first governor to pay the 30,000 minimum wage and the only governor that has paid civil servants gratuity up to date as well as the current recruitment of more workers in the state civil service.

Other dignitaries present at the event include the state chairman of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu; Anambra state head of civil service Barr. Harry Uduh; Chief of Staff to the governor Hon. Premius Odilli; State chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Demian Ogene-Okeke; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu traditional rulers, among others.

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