Workers day celebration in Awka, Anambra State capital suffered set back as a result of absence of Governor Willie Obiano and low turnout of workers.
Governor Obiano was represented by the state Deputy Governor with some other top government functionaries.
Obiano was said to be at the consecration of a new Bishop, Most Rev Dennis Isizoh at Onitsha, which took place same day.
The sitting positions left for workers including NUJ, NAWOJ, AMATA, and others remained vacant till the end of the programme, even as the population of the unionists in attendance could not even fill the various seats allocated for them against what it used to be.
In his speech, the newly elected State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Jerry Nnubia implored the governor to provide the workforce with low cost housing and to fully implement the National Minimum Wage so as to lessen the suffering of workers.
Comrade Nnubia, who also stressed the need for fully implementation of “Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS” for health workers in the local government areas, urged the government to cancel all the contract and appointments awarded to retired officers and outsiders, and channel same to youths as well as to appoint Special Adviser on Labour Matters with a view to engaging highly professional and likeminded youths for optimum service delivery.
Also speaking, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu, the Anambra State Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, while extolling the government for provision of buses and other incentives to civil servants in the state, called on the governor to checkmate the activities of proprietors of private hospitals, fuel stations, private schools, and other organizations so as to ensure compliance with lay down rules and regulations where applicable.
Responding on behalf of the governor, his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke implored workers to remain steadfast in their sacrificial services to mankind, noting that the state government would continue to maintain good relationship with them for the purpose of industrial harmony, peace and development of the state.
The occasion featured match pass by the workers union on attendance. They include the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Civil Service Union, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Civil Service Secretarial and Stenographic Workers, Nigercat, IDC construction, CCC, Nigerian Union of Teachers.
Also on the match were National Union of Printing Publishing & Paper Product Workers, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Technical and Recreational Civil Service Employees, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Ocha Brigade, State Council of NLC and Young Artists.


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