• Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Otti says welfare of workers remains priority of his administration 

One year in office: Otti urged to make Abia best state in Nigeria
Governor Alex Otti of Abia State, says the welfare of Abia State workers will continue to be a priority in the enactment and implementation of the State Government’s policies.
Otti gave the assurance, Wednesday while speaking at an event to mark the celebration of the 2024 Workers’ Day, at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
The Governor, who titled his speech, ‘Workers as Agents of Development and Transformation’, said that Abia would take the lead in the implementation of the new minimum wage as soon as a new national minimum wage structure is agreed upon.
“I understand that labour leaders across the country are currently engaging with the Federal Government, and we are following those discussions closely. As soon as a concrete agreement is reached, we shall immediately do the needful as a State.
“We have also noted your other demands, including payment of arrears of leave allowance, promotions and other accumulated debts owed our workforce in the last eight to ten years. We shall carefully consider these requests and deal with them on a case-by-case basis, and subject to availability of resources.
“What you can, however, go home with today is that your welfare shall remain a priority for us. We shall continue to put you first in all policies and programmes of government, and in appreciation of your immense contributions to our economic and social development,” Governor Otti affirmed.
He thanked Abia workers for their services to the State, and for committing their productive years to the development of the State, adding that many of the dominant issues and challenges raised in this year’s “Workers’ Day” celebration, would have been effectively dealt with by next year’s celebration.
Okoro Ogbonnaya, chairman of, the Abia State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),  commended Otti for all his developmental strides in the past 11 months and for taking the welfare of workers in the State seriously.
Ogbonnaya appealed to the Governor to defray the arrears of leave allowances and salaries owed workers in the State, by the immediate past administration and others before it.
This year’s May Day celebration in Abia was said to be significant, as it brought together the top hierarchy of leadership in government and organised labour in an atmosphere of peace and fanfare. The last time both government and labour were said to have come together for such an event was over 10 years ago.
It was heartwarming watching members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), who were recently given a new lease of life, by Governor Otti with the full payment of their pension arrears, exuding joy as they marched past and saluted the Governor.