Umuahiaâ€”Senator Uche Chukwumerije, weekend in Umuahia, Abia State said that an increase in the workersâ€™ salaries was long overdue. “It is a duty which Nigeria owes to Nigerian workers and to herself,â€ Chukwumerije, who was the Chairman of the 2010 May Day celebration in Abia State, said.
Chukwumerije, who represents Abia North Senatorial District in the Senate, noted that the monthly salary of workers could no longer sustain them for two or three weeks in a month. â€œIt is little wonder then that Nigeria is currently grappling with the twin evils of dwindling productivity and increasing corruption,â€ he said.
Chukwumerije stressed that efforts to stamp out corruption in the country would be futile if the payment of â€œstarvation wages to workersâ€ was not duly addressed.Â He noted that the cheery aspect of the workersâ€™ plight and struggle in the country was that Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State had proved that labour leaders were also good in governance. The Senator said that this yearâ€™s Workers Day celebration was a period to reflect and commiserate with the workers over their plight within the last one year.
Mr Lucky Akabuike, the state Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, chairman, expressed regrets that months after computation of allowances due to ex- workers of Modern Ceramics Company, the government had not kept its own side of the bargain.
Akabuike also said that the NLC was worried that the Golden Guinea Breweries, which provided jobs for a lot of people, was still in a comatose, seven years after its boiler exploded.
He urged the government to show more interest in the company and fast-track arrangements to resuscitate it.
Governor Theodore Orji said that the Golden Guinea Breweries was initially solely owned by Abia, adding that it was later sold to an investor, who was also affected by the global economic meltdown.
The Governor, however, said that the state government had secured another investor for the ailing company.
â€œWe are encouraging the investor to rehabilitate the breweries,â€™â€™ Orji said.