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May Day: We’ll declare state-of-emergency in roads – Soludo

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…Pledges to recruit teachers, boost labour welfare

By Stanley Nwako, Mathew Onwuasoanya and Nkechi Ikenwoke

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has said his administration will soon declare state-of-emergency on roads and transport system of the state.

Prof. Soludo made the promise while addressing workers’ during the traditional May Day rally held yesterday in Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, as part of activities marking the 2022 World International Workers’ Day in Anambra State under the theme: Labour Politics and the Quest for Good Governance in Nigeria.

  Explaining the proposal as part of government’s commitment to marking up infrastructural system in the state, Prof. Soludo said only this will take necessary attention to the sector as crucial engine of economic development.

  The governor also said he has given directive for recruitment of more teachers into public schools, adding that the role of teachers in formation of future leaders makes it imperative for government to keep investing in education in order to dial up teachers’ productivity.

  Commending the workers for turning out en masse to mark the event, the governor promised to spare nothing in boosting workers’ and pensioners’ welfare as catalysts for industrial harmony and maximum productivity.

  According to the governor, part of government’s commitment to addressing workers’ demands includes provision of 24-hour power supply in Chief Jerome Udoji Secretariat and internet broadband to enhance efficiency and reduce drudgery.

  “Everyone legitimately and productively contributing to socio-economic development of society is a worker. Thus, if productivity is the common denominator for identifying workers, I can boldly say May 1st can as well pass for “Anambra’s Day. I listened carefully as the Anambra State Chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and her Trade Union Congress counterpart read out their charter of demands. Together with the various unions and their leadership, we shall fashion out the best ways to meet these demands within the limits of our lean resources, and in line with the development plan of the state. I have also directed the Head of Service to announce the recruitment of more teachers into our Public schools. This process must be transparent and merit-based. In the coming days, details of how to apply and the screening method shall be made public. I am committed to ensuring the safety and improving the welfare of the Anambra workers. Transforming the operational processes of the state civil service to be in line with the technological realities of the time is one sure vision that must be actualised. I thank the workers for their continued support, urging them to always see their work as a service to humanity,” he said.

  The governor also explained that building roads and reviving the state’s transport system will rub off in boosting workers’ productivity, because getting held up in traffic gridlocks while coming to work or going home will not only waste man-hour of workers but exposes them to other harms. He also said that workers will also benefit from round-the-clock security of lives and properties and for this government will leave no stone unturned in provision of security.

  Prof. Soludo used the event to woo workers to identify with government’s commitment to taking Anambra back from impunity to a peaceful, prosperous state founded on rule of law, due process and productivity, adding that election will be held in local government as part of efforts to revive the system for greater grassroots participation.

  The governor also said that touts and agberos will have no room in government’s revenue generation and administration, adding that a payment policy that allows keke riders and bus drivers to pay direct into dedicated bank accounts to enable them load and discharge in markets and motor parks without being exploited by anyone under any guise of working for government.

Earlier in his address, State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Chinwe Orizu prayed God to perfect the governor’s laudable vision, assuring of the support of the Congress.

  Also speaking, Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Chris Ogbonna said the effects of the galloping inflations in the country have rendered the issue of minimum wage useless and called for intervention in the plight of Nigeria workers.

  In attendance were deputy governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Secretary to State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, members of Anambra State House of Assembly, led by Speaker Uche Okafor, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Sir Paul Nwosu, among other dignitaries.

  Highpoint of the event was traditional match-past during which Gov. Soludo took salute from labour unions in the state.

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