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Organised labour commends Enugu governor on workers welfare, others

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
13 January 2022   |   2:42 am
Organized Labour in Enugu State has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his administration’s attention to the welfare of the workers, saying that civil servants

Gov Ugwuanyi. Photo/Facebook

Organized Labour in Enugu State has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his administration’s attention to the welfare of the workers, saying that civil servants are the greatest beneficiaries of good governance in the state. 

Speaking during the yearly workers’ prayer rally in Enugu to mark the resumption of work after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Chairman, Enugu chapter of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), Ezekiel Omeh, said the workers have enjoyed the peace and good governance under Ugwuanyi’s administration.

Omeh thanked God for his blessings, stressing that the governor entrenched peace in Enugu State and ensured that workers’ welfare and other incentives were prioritised in spite of the scarce resources and other challenges confronting the nation. 

In his goodwill message, Ugwuanyi restated his administration’s commitment to the sustenance of the cordial relationship between the state government and organised labour. 

The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, maintained that in spite of the prevailing economic realities in the country, his administration had continued to fulfil its obligations to the workers.

“In 2015 when this government came into power, our administration handed Enugu State in the hands of God. I am proud to tell you that six years down the line, our God has been faithful to us all. 

“I assure workers that we are partners in progress. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global lockdowns of 2020, we have continued to pay the salaries of workers. Enugu is one of the few states in the country still paying the national minimum wage, he stated.”

“We have taken the capacity building to a new height and before Christmas, we sponsored 52 senior management staff to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) in Kuru, Plateau State. We are aware that the promotion results for our civil servants for 2019 and 2020 have been released. Government has also lifted the embargo on conversion and advancement,” he said. 

The governor further highlighted other areas the state government had demonstrated good incentives to the workers adding: “More importantly, the Enugu State government has built a new Secretariat Annex at Nsukka to provide comfort and enabling environment for workers, who were previously in makeshift structures of the zonal offices”.

Dignitaries at the prayer session include the State Head of Service, Ken Chukwuegbo, members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Virginus Nwobodo, his Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) counterpart, Benneth Asogwa, Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Godwin Madu, representatives of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese and Methodist Church Nigeria, among others.