By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA — GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has urged organized labour to take into consideration present economic situation in the country while making demands for improved welfare. According to him, no right thinking leader will want to deny workers their rights.
Obi, who was addressing leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, at a dinner at Governor’s Lodge, Awka, weekend, said the problem in meeting the demands of workers was due to lack of resources.
He added that his administration would continue to do the much it could to cushion the effects of the hardship occasioned by the economic trends in the country. According to him, the money to be generated from the fuel subsidy removal is yet to trickle down to the states. The governor promised to ensure that workers in the state benefitted from it once it was made available.
Commending workers for their immense contributions towards uplifting the state, Obi repeated the call for considerable reduction of the cost of governance and curtailing of the habit of borrowing to finance consumption to avert future financial crisis.
State chairman of the NLC, Comrade Patrick Obianyo, commended the infrastructural development recorded by Obi’s administration in the state, adding that the state had never had it so good since its creation.
Obianyo, who had earlier led leaders of the various labour unions on a tour of projects in the state, said he was particularly impressed with the governor’s commitment and huge success recorded in opening up rural and community roads, which had helped to boost socio-economic activities at the grassroot.
He observed that the governor was in the category of leaders providing for the future, adding that posterity would continue to appreciate his laudable achievements for Anambra State.
Recalling that the governor had increased workers’ salary several times and had been paying retired workers their benefits regularly since he assumed office, Obianyo, however, appealed to him to consider the request presented by the workers to give them succour and leverage to confront the economic reality of the time.