Workers hail government for sustaining payment
By Nsikan Ikpe
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has stated that it is a deliberate policy of his administration to ensure that workers in the state get paid their salaries as at when due.
Addressing the workers on the occasion of the Civil Service week that was recently commemorated in the state, Ugwuanyi said that the present administration’s interest in the welfare of the workers was also based on its appreciation of the fact that this was indeed one desirable path in the journey of moving the state forward.
The governor who was represented at the occassion by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo said: “as a government, we have indeed continued to express our desire to build a civil service that will not only be a model among its contemporaries but one that will give the people of Enugu State a new lease of life in terms of qualitative service delivery. We want to see a civil service where discipline, commitment, efficiency and altruism reign supreme”.
He thanked the workers for their support to the present administration and pledged to sustain the good relationship existing between the workers and the state government.
In their own contributions at the event, the civil servants lavishly appreciated the governor on what they termed, his sustained disposition to their general welfare since he assumed office.
The workers made the commendation at the Michael Okpara, Independence Layout , Enugu during the grand finale of this year’s week-long activities marking the civil service week.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Enugu state chapter, Comrade Virginus Nwobodo, explained that since assuming office, the present administration has continued to pay workers’ salaries not later than the 25th of every month, adding that the governor’s noble gesture has stood him out as being about the most responsive and responsible governor in the country at the moment.
“ I must say that in the areas of paying salaries, His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, is very responsive, just as the Head of Service said after highlighting the good deeds of the present administration. You can see that promotions are being released to workers, paying of leave allowances. Actually, he has been doing well. You can recall that His Excellency awarded houses to civil servants of lower grade, it is unprecedented”, Comrade Nwobodo noted.
He urged the workers to reciprocate the gestures by being dedicated to duty since according to him “labour is the engine room of every administration.”
Earlier in his speech, the State Head of Service, Mr. Chidi Ezema said the state civil servants are being placed in a better position to combat the prevailing economic crunch in the country because they receive their salaries regularly.
The Head of Service recalled reported harrowing experience of workers in some states of the federation in the face of the on-going economic crisis, stating, however that happily, in Enugu State, “His Excellency our governor has been living up to his responsibilities both in salary payment and other welfare packages”.
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State