The Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has granted automatic promotion for all workers in the state civil service, adding that they are behind “the success of his government”.
Addressing a mammoth crowd on Tuesday at the Heroes Square, Owerri in celebration of May 1, Workers’ Day, the state governor said, “Workers are the life wire of every organisation. I salute your courage, your commitment and resilience during the trying times with numerous challenges ranging from insecurity, lack of infrastructure and low remuneration.
“You have remained partners in the success story of this administration. I am not unmindful of your needs. I am ready to pay you allowances, even sleeping and absenteeism allowances,” he said.
Okorocha also used the occasion to appeal to state workers to partake in the ongoing registration exercise, adding that their vote is the power they have to choose who governs them.
His words: “There is need for you to keep our legacies. Shine your eyes to choose government that will replace me.
“Make sure you have your PVCs. The PVC story is not favourable to South-east which has the least number of PVCs.
“At the rate we are going, it will come to a point where Ndigbo will become an inconsequential factor in national politics,” Okorocha said.
The governor also addressed the issue of minimum wage saying that whatever the Federal Government agrees to pay its workers, the Imo state government will adhere.
He said his administration has been able to reduce pension from N1.7 billion to N700 million.
Speaking at the occasion, the Imo state Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Akanazu, expressed disappointment on the manner Nigerian workers were being treated poorly, adding that the labour union had contributed immensely towards the political development of the country but had faced a lot of challenges in the efforts towards national development.
Akanazu urged the state government to ensure it honoured the expectation of the workers that their salaries be restored to 100 per cent as against the current 70 per cent to 80 per cent, since the country’s economy has improved.
He said this was because those in authority are not concerned about the country and the welfare of its citizens, but their personal interests.
Akanazu said that while the working condition in America and other countries continued to improve, that of workers in Nigeria had continued to degenerate.
He, however, noted that despite the challenges posed by government at various levels, the labour movement had continued to exist, waxing stronger to carry out its responsibility to the workers and people of Nigeria.