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*Nigeria: Anambra Labour Union Sing Praises of Obi at May Day
Masterweb Reports - May 9, 2012: Yesterday’s May day celebration in Anambra was unlike many others in the past devoid of rancour and name-calling between labour union and Government as the Chairman of the state wing of the Nigeria Labour Congress, comrade Patrick Obianyo praised Governor Peter Obi for his enormous achievements in infrastructural development.
These facilities, Obianyo said, had given the people easy access to towns and villages in the state and opened up those communities that were hitherto difficult to reach.
Describing the relationship between the state and the labour union as “very cordial because it is obvious that the government has done so well and had increased workers’ salaries severally including the recent N10,000 increase”.
Obianyo, however, asked the Governor to look into some areas that are still disturbing to the workers. Although salaries has been increased several times, he said, the recent removal of fuel subsidy has greatly eroded the value of money and government needed to put more money on workers’ wages. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi (middle), flanked by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu (left) and the Chairman of Nigeria labour Union, Comrade Patrick Obianyo (right), chanting labour’s solidarity song during the May Day celebration in Anambra.
He also said that the union was worried about the plight of workers of Anambra state indigenes dismissed by Abia state government. Most worrisome, he said was the aspect of 53 pensioners among them who have spent their entire productive life in the service of Abia Government and had been receiving their pensions.
The workers also worried about the termination of appointment of workers of the defunct Anambra state environmental protection agency (ANSEPA), contract appointments and the likes. Obianyo also demanded that labour leaders be appointed into boards and parastatals and non ministerial departments.
Governor Obi in his speech thanked workers for their contributions to the growth of the state. He said that when all joined hands the state would attract outside support and that in itself will give the state more leverage.
Obi said that virtually everything Obianyo complained off were being handled at government level and that soon, the Secretary to the Government will invite labour leaders on a round table to discuss them.
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