By Maureen Ikpeama, Enugu
ENUGU State Workers joined their counterparts all over the world to observe the 2018 May Day celebration with a call on the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , to revamp key industries, companies and corporations in the state to create more job opportunities to the teeming youths and school leavers.
They also urged him to absorb the remaining workers in government parastatals into requisite ministries to ensure that they receive their salaries alongside with other state workers.
Addressing the workers at the event which attracted mammoth crowd at the Michael Okpara Square, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked the workers for their support for his administration.
He assured them of his continuous support for workers’ welfare, noting that it would be top on his priority.
Governor Ugwuanyi disclosed that he pays workers ‘ salaries regularly and promptly to activate the economy of the state which he said was already paying off citing the state index performance recently released by Bureau of Statistics.
“I am pleased to see the retired workers and tipper drivers march past in my presence with job. We will continue to address the issues concerning the welfare of the workers,” he promised.
In their separate addresses, the Enugu State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Virginus Nwobodo and Trade Union Congress, Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, appealed to Governor Ugwuanyi to revitalise ailing industries in the state to reduce unemployment in the state.
The workers also wanted the “payment of pensions and gratuities/harmonisation of arrears of salaries, implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme in the state.
While commending Governor Ugwuanyi for his friendly disposition to the labour matters, they however, urged him to award contracts to labour friendly firms especially in the area of construction of road and buildings.
The workers thanked the governor for ensuring adequate security of lives and property in every nooks and crannies of the state, which according to them have made the state about the safest place to live in the entire country.
They noted that the reason for the clamour for his continuity is based on the outstanding performances which according them are numerous to mention. “Some of which are: prompt payment of monthly salaries/pensions, and other allowances to state public and civil servants; approval of payment of arrears of salaries of 731 former staff of some state parastatals and also, regularization of 42 casual staff of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, as permanent staff of the institution.
“Biometric capture for 80 staff of ENSWAMA absorbed in the civil service and the payment of N82.7 million deducted from the workers’ salaries by the state government as national housing fund contributions between 2000 to 2004 but remitted to the Federal Mortgage Bank,” among others.