Governor Peter Obi

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra is planning to stage a one-day prayer session in the state capital, Awka to seek God?s divine intervention over ?the precarious condition of workers in the state.?
Mr Patrick Obianyo, Anambra State Chairman of NLC said in Awka on Friday that a three-day fasting from August 19 would precede the prayer session slated for August 21.
He said that the NLC decided to seek the face of God because workers in the public civil service in the state had suffered so much under successive governments.
Obianyo, who is also the chairman, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Anambra Chapter, enjoined the workers to participate actively in the prayer programme.
He said that the prayer session was being organised to prevail on the present administration to intervene in the plight of the workers.
He said that the permanent secretaries in the state civil service were more of glorified clerks in terms of salary, with the net pay of about N150, 000 per month and directors receiving N110, 000.
“If these are the salaries of permanent secretaries and directors, then come to think of what the salaries of other workers down the ladder would be.
“Anambra workers are the least paid throughout the federation and it is not more of lack of fund, but the willingness by the powers that be to accord workers their due rights,?? Obianyo said.
The chairman said that Anambra remained the only state that organised labour had never gone into any meaningful dialogue with the government.
“That is, perhaps, part of the reason government is still holding seven months check-off dues of some industrial unions for going on strike to demand the implementation of the minimum wage regime,?? he said.
Obianyo explained that Anambra was the only state without the Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission and Post Primary School Service Commission for one year and six months.
According to him, ?the workers will vote only for the aspirant in the forthcoming gubernatorial election that will be ready to pay them the minimum wage.
“Enough of the sacrifice, enough of the sufferings. Our children have the right to quality education, they must have food on their tables,?? Obianyo said.
Mr Uche Nwora, Permanent Secretary, Head of Service, Anambra, said that government had been sensitive to the plight of workers in the state.
He said that government would not have met all the workers? demands, “but it is not to say that government was is insensitive,?? he said.
He said that work had started for 1,000 housing units for workers at Isi-Agu in Awka, pointing out that government also planned to employ 4,000 new workers.


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