By Douglas Okoro
Organised labour in Ebonyi has mentioned that it was not prodded to confer Gov. Dave Umahi with the title of `Enyi Ndi Oru,’ (buddy of employees).
Mr Leonard Nkah, Ebonyi State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
Organised labour, comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday conferred the title on Umahi, throughout a rally organised by industrial unions in Ebonyi.
He dismissed as unfounded the feelings being expressed in some quarters, that the honour was designed to offer Umahi benefit, forward of the 2019 governorship election, because it was clear he would search re-election.
Nkah, nonetheless, mentioned that there was nothing incorrect with drumming help for a performing governor.
“ Umahi deserved to be honoured by Ebonyi employees as they obtain their month-to-month wage on the 15th of each month.
“ Pensioners are additionally not owed in Ebonyi; a governor who confirmed manifest love and curiosity on the welfare of employees, deserved recognition by your entire Ebonyi workforce, ’’Nkah added.
Nkah, on the Monday’s rally, on behalf of your entire Ebonyi workforce, thanked the governor for his beneficial disposition in the direction of employees and pledged their continued help for his administration.
“We due to this fact gathered to re-affirm this help as you pulled the state from the brink of collapse, occasioned by backwardness, poverty, corruption, poor state of infrastructure, amongst others.
“You have steadily paid workers’ salaries and gratuities and made history by paying us 13th month bonus salary when other states with higher Federal Government allocation battled to pay basic salaries,” he mentioned.
He additionally thanked the governor for integrating the employees’ within the state authorities’s agricultural insurance policies which had enabled them interact in a number of agricultural ventures to complement their earnings.
Umahi, had after being conferred with the honour by employees,’ promised to maintain his employees’ pleasant insurance policies.
“We don’t owe employees’ salaries and allowances, and I commend the organised labour management within the state for realising that the period of pursuing agitations by means of strike, coercion, mendacity, intimidation, amongst others, is gone.’’
He mentioned that to additional present his appreciation for the conduct of the labour management, employees’ would obtain 50 per cent of their salaries on Jan.2, 2018.
“This would function a palliative earlier than the cost of your January 2018 salaries and your depart allowances would from the identical interval, be paid as a part of your salaries.
“We would also maintain the payment of salaries and other allowances between the 15th and 20th of January and recommend you for commendation and promotion from your national leadership,” he mentioned.
He introduced that the federal government had donated 66, 000 baggage of 25kg rice to employees as a part of their Christmas celebration, directing that every employee would gather at the very least two baggage every.