Labour friendly Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on May Day applauded leaders of workers union for their selfless service and focus to work and reassured them of his government support.Ugwuanyi applauded the workers during the Workers Day Celebration at the Michael Okpara Square,Enugu which held under theme: “COVID-19 Pandemic, Social and Economic Crises Challenges for Jobs, Social Protection and Peoples Welfare.”
He said, “On a day like this, May 1 of every year, we gladly celebrate Enugu State workers in commemoration of the international workers day.
“This day affords us the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of our workers on national productivity and nation building.” He stated that “Over the years, our public servants have remained a critical success factor on our good governance in optimal service delivery.”
This he opined that “Our workers truly deserve every encouragement that we can afford and we reassure you of our care and support all the way.
In his separate address of welcome the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Mr Uchechukwu Ogbonna said that his ministry has “been diligently interfacing with labour union in Enugu state.
“We have been interfacing with labour union in Enugu state and public service in line with government agenda towards maintaining an atmosphere of industrial peace.”
He added that Industrial harmony would ensure unfettered cordial relationship between the Enugu state government and workers and promised that workers in the state would remain catalyst for industrial harmony under Ugwuanyi’s watch. Ogbonna thanked the governor for creating a conducive environment for workers, which he said, “is key to quality service delivery.”
The commissioner highlighted some of governor Ugwuanyi’s welfare packages for workers. “The packages include the approval of the 100 units of one bedroom flat for workers of Enugu state at a discount rate of 54 Per cent and prompt payment of salaries to workers.’
Others are “Payment of 13th month salary, payment of N30,000 minimum wage and it’s consequential adjustment of state public and civil servants health insurance for those on essential services.”
Also included are Hazard allowances for the service men of the state from N200 to N10,000 for each staff monthly, payment of COVID-19 allowance for health workers in the state, Construction of two ultra-modern Secretariat buildings for the two organized labour unions in the state (NLC and TUC) respectively, which is ongoing among others.” The commissioner, urged workers to be more dedicated to their duties. “Together, we will build a better Enugu state not only for ourselves but also for the children yet unborn,” the commissioner concluded.
The Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Enugu State Council Mr Virginus Nwobodo described Ugwuanyi as a workers friendly governor.
Nwobodo said that workers in the state acknowledged all the governors’ gesture and wish to ask for more just like the little Oliver Twist did.
“It is our request you direct the immediate payment of minimum wage to Local Government Workers, Primary School Teacher and Parastatals in Enugu State. “That you approve the absorption of workers in the parastatals into relevant ministries.
“The payment of gratuity to the retires in the state to alleviate the sufferings of workers in that category and prompt payment of pension to the pensioners.
“To consider government position on the payment of annual leave allowance to workers and commence same as soon a possible,” Nwobodo said.
Mr Emmanuel Asogwa, the chairman trade union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Enugu State Council said that the 2021 celebration is a special one.
According to him, ” the theme is timely when considered in the light of the global impact of Corona Virus Pandemic on the world economy and social wellbeing of the people.
Asogwa commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the laudable projects and programmes that aimed at improving lives of workers and good people of Enugu State.