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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Anambra Govt Inaugurates Workers' Welfare Committee

The State Government has inaugurated a Ten member committee to look into issues bordering on the welfare of workers in the state.

Governor Willie Obiano inaugurated the committee at a brief ceremony at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

The Committee named a "Special Committee on Outstanding Labour - Workers Demand and Issues", comprises government officials and technocrats and is to be headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, while the Secretary, Mr. Tony Ezenwaka, is the Permanent Secretary in the office of Head of Service.

Other members include, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof, Solo Chukwulobelu, the State Head of Service, Barr Harry Uduh, the Commissioner for Justice, Barr Anali Chude, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ifeatu Onejeme, the Chairman Post Primary School Service Commission, Lady Joy Ulasi, the Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, (ASUBEB), Nze Emeka Olisa, the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonkwo, and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Finance, Mr. Tony Oli.

The committee has four months to deliberate on the outstanding demands of labour in all segments and make appropriate recommendations, vis-a-vis financial implications and source of fund to the state government.

Topmost on the demands to be deliberated on include, review and harmonisation of pensions, sustainable implementation of the new Contributory Pension Scheme, severance gratuity as well as benefits of retired Judges, disparities in the payment of local government workers, doctors and other local government health professionals.

Other issues include nonpayment of peculiarity allowance to NASU, PPSSC and ASUBEB staff, hazard allowance to fire officers, outstanding matters of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), retirement age of Sixty-five years of Nwafor Orizu College of Education NOCEN, among other things.

Inaugurating the committee, Governor Obiano pointed that it was created to further improve on the welfare of workers in the state, by submitting appropriate recommendations that would sustain their entitlements which they have been enjoying since his administration.

He recalled that his administration in 2015 had increased workers' salary by Sixteen percent noting that the State Civil Service Commission have been directed to commence the process of promotion in line with civil service rules.

He urged the workers to be committed and diligent in the course of their duties, as his administration would always provide reasons for them to smile, calling on the committee to ensure that it delivers on its terms of reference within the specified period.

Responding, the chairman of the Committee and State Deputy Governor, Dr. Okeke observed that the inauguration of the committee is a sign of good governance and a major indicator that the Obiano administration means well for workers.

He promised on behalf of the committee that they will come up with objective recommendations in line with the Governor's directives that will add value to the living standards and working conditions of workers in the state.

Earlier in his address, the Head of Service Barr Udu who is a member of the committee, revealed that the committee is in response to the demands made by the workers during this year's worker's day celebration in the state, describing Governor Obiano as a passionate and Workers' friendly leader.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

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