Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have extolled Governor Willie Obiano’s policies and programmes geared towards improving the welfare of workers in Anambra state.
The state commissioner for information and public enlightenment, Mr. C .Don Adinuba, and the Head of Anambra State Civil Service, Barr. Harry Uduh, made this known to our correspondent at the Exco Chambers yesterday shortly after the state executive council meeting.
The Head of Service said that the Anambra chapter of the Trade Union Congress has concluded plans to bestow an award of excellent performance on the state governor on the 2019 Workers’ Day Celebration in the state.
Uduh explained that the union deemed it worthwhile to confer such honour on the governor because since his inception into office as Governor, workers in the state have not had any reason whatsoever to fall out with the state government on account of welfare and better working conditions.
He added that such recognition was an eloquent testimony that the well-being of workers was top on the agenda of the Willie Obiano administration.
According to him, the Governor has made repeated pronouncements that he would pay workers the new national minimum wage and that all efforts have been channelled towards strengthening the Internally Generated Revenue of the state to meet the current demand to make the new minimum wage a reality.
He also stated that the Governor was currently renovating the Anambra State Secretariat Complex to make it more conducive and habitable for workers; just as he pointed out that the conditions of service were of paramount concern to him.
Meanwhile, Mr. C. Don Adinuba said it was no longer news that the Anambra state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress wrote a commendation letter to Governor Willie Obiano and his wife addressing them as the most worker-friendly couple in the country.
Adinuba noted that the relationship between the organised labour and the Anambra State Government was not only cordial but also beneficial to the workers emphasising that Anambra was the only state in the country that has reviewed workers’ salaries in the last six years.
The commissioner said that all the 140 persons that were laid off from the Anambra Broadcasting Service on grounds of redundancy by his predecessor were all recalled by the Obiano administration and equally benefitted from salary increase.
He also noted that Governor Obiano cleared the backlog of salary arrears owed workers of the Anambra State Water Corporation, adding that the Governor has equally announced his administration’s intention to be the first state in Nigeria to pay the new national minimum wage.