…..AS COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ASSURES THEM OF POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM STATE GOVERNMENT.
Leaders of the organized labour in Enugu state have urged the state government to ensure timely adoption and implementation of the 35,000 naira minimum wage award.
Recall that President Bola Tinubu had on Sunday evening agreed to the N35,000 provisional wage award demanded by labour after his initial N25,000 for the average low-grade worker to run for six months was rejected.
Labour insisted that the wage award should be across the board and run until a new minimum wage expected to be negotiated next year is put in place.
Following this development, Labour leaders in Enugu during a courtesy visit to the Enugu State Commissioner for Labour and Productivity at the State Secretariat Complex, called for prompt implementation at state and local government levels.
In his address, the Enugu State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Fabian Nwigbo, said the visit was to activate a closer working relationship with the commissioner for industrial harmony.
Comrade Nwigbo commended Governor Peter Mbah for the commencement of pension payment and assured him of a cordial partnership for the progress and development of the state.
Also speaking, the Enugu State Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Ben Asogwa, noted that the biggest palliative and motivation for workers remain timely and enhanced remuneration of workers, especially those at the local government level.
Comrade Asogwa also said that one of the union’s mandates was to assist the government in achieving its goal of social welfare, urging the state government to set the pace by implementing the agreement between the federal government and the labour union.
Similarly, the Chairman of the State Joint Negotiation Council, Comrade Ezekiel Omeh, pointed out that the 30 billion dollar revenue goal of the state government largely rests on the labour force and appealed for immediate adoption of the 35, 000 naira wage award.
Comrade Omeh also noted that timely implementation will boost the productivity of workers towards actualizing the goal of economic prosperity.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Comrade Ikechukwu Ekere, who lamented over poor pensions for primary school teachers, appealed to the Governor to review and adopt the new pension scheme for Enugu state workers.
Responding, the Enugu State Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Pharm. Chika Ugwuoke, expressed happiness over the visit, assuring them that their demands would be duly communicated to the Governor for necessary action.
The commissioner, who described the labour force as a beacon of economic development, reiterated Governor Mbah’s commitment to ensuring the welfare of civil servants in the state.
He also revealed that the state government has already concluded arrangements on the 26.1 billion naira transportation investment to boost the state economy and ameliorate the suffering of the people.