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New minimum wage: Anambra begins payment

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…Builds anti-erosion road in Nnewi

PAYMENT of the new national minimum wage to workers of Anambra State begins this month.

  Gov. Willie Obiano disclosed this while addressing newsmen after inspecting on-going works on the 5.3-kilometre Eziowelle-Umunnachi-Afor Igwe roads.

  According to the governor, necessary paper works for the policy have been completed for payment to start from workers’ wages for January, explaining that the new minimum wage will improve socio-economic status of Anambra State by boosting Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

  Further stressing the economic importance of implementation of the policy, Gov. Obiano reiterated his administration’s priority for improved welfare of workers as sine qua non for efficiency in public service, adding that payment of January salaries was waiting in order to effect computations arising from the new minimum wage.

  This is contained in a circular signed by the Head of Service of Anambra State (HOS), Harry Udu, stating that approval for the new minimum wage is sequel to an agreement reached between Gov. Obiano and Organised Labour on January 24.

  It should be recalled that Obiano in 2019, was the first state governor to declare his willingness to pay the minimum wage whenever the federal government and organised labour agree on figures.

  Meanwhile, as part of efforts to stem perennial gully erosion that ravage Nnewi metropolis, the state government has awarded contract for construction of a special  road in the area.

  The project which was awarded for N3 billion was given to IDC Construction Company, under supervision of Anambra State Ministry of Works.

  Special Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Budget Monitoring and Efficiency, Melie Onyejepu, disclosed this while speaking during a tour of the project site, assuring Nnewi residents of speedy completion.

  According to him, under the contract, the construction company was mandated to make adequate provisions that would enable the state to reclaim the areas of the town and its environs currently at the mercy of gully erosion, with specific emphasis on importation of laterite and compaction through careful channelisation of storm water.

  Earlier in his remarks, General Manager of IDC, Freddy de Kleyn said that the construction firm would rely on its track record to get the project ready in time and according to specifications.

  Also speaking, Publicity Secretary of Nzuko-Ora Nnewi, Augustine Ikeh thanked Gov. Obiano for once again finding time to come to Nnewi’s rescue despite other competing interests amid scarce government resources, promising maximum cooperation from Nnewi people during the project and their readiness to guard the project against sabotage after completion.

  Many residents whose comments were sought described project , which will serve as one of the major entrances to Nkwo Nnewi Market that was once cut-off, as strategic investment giving serious ecological threats occasioned at the area by gully erosion.

  Speaking on pace of work on the Eziowelle-Umunnachi-Afor Igwe road, the governor explained that iconic structures, particularly in flood control by provision of drainage channels, would be introduced while executing the contract to shield the road from wear and tear – noting that traffic congestion on the road would not only be reduced, especially during festive periods, but the new project would be done as a strong legacy to be left for the area by his administration.

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