The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has once again re-assured workers in the state that his administration would rise to the challenge of paying the new minimum wage that was recently announced by the Federal Government.
Addressing workers at the 2019 Workers’ Day ceremony in Awka on Wednesday, Governor Obiano confirmed that his administration was waiting for the implementation guideline from the Federal Government before matching its words with action.
Assuring that Anambra would be among the first few states to pay the new minimum wage, Governor Obiano commended the members of the Organized Labour in the state for working in perfect understanding with the government to ensure industrial harmony in the state.
Said he, “Ndi Anambra, over the past five years, my administration has enjoyed perfect relations with the organized Labour. We have worked in absolute harmony with Labour to ensure that Anambra’s steady and assured steps to progress are not derailed by avoidable differences.”
Consequently, all the demands by Anambra workers that were presented to the Special Committee on Labour Matters that was headed by the Deputy Governor Nkem Okeke had been approved in principle, Obiano further explained.
Narrating his efforts to maintain a committed and efficient workforce, the governor said, “Ndi Anambra, we have never failed to pay salaries, come rain come shine. We have cleared outstanding pensions that had accumulated for over 25 years, from the inception of our state. We have continued to give out bags of rice to workers during Christmas. The Mass Transit buses we provided have made life more bearable to our workers. And we are carrying out the renovation of our secretariat to give it a proper face lift.”
Explaining the reason behind his administration’s great efforts to make Anambra workers comfortable, governor Obiano said, “we are doing all these things because we value you. We believe in you. And we want the very best for Anambra State!”
He described Workers’ Day as a very special day as it was the only day set aside to celebrate workers and re-affirm the belief that there is dignity in labour.
Obiano also further described the Labour Day as “a day that we emphasize in unmistakable terms, the philosophy of hard work as a pre-condition for human progress and the advancement of the society.”
By James Eze