Okorocha and Imo state civil servants on Workers Day celebration

Imo State Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha has lifted the ban on promotion of workers and further revealed his administration’s plans to improve the welfare package of civil servants in the state.
The state governor disclosed this while addressing Imo workers during the 2017 May Day celebration held at Heroes Square, Owerri.
Governor Okorocha said that the state government will discuss with the leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress on a new salary structure to ensure that all workers get their due salaries.
He recalled in 2011 that he was the first governor to pay 20,000 naira as minimum wage instead of the Federal Government approved N18,000 minimum wage.
Said Okorocha: “I rebuilt the state secretariat and put tiles on the floor, I bought computers for civil servants and gave them wardrobe allowance, I gave Christmas bonus to workers, I paid 12 years arrears of pension.”
The governor went down memory lane to remind the workers of his regime’s kind gestures and special attention in the past.
Okorocha who observed that between 2011 to 2014, there was no problem with payment of salaries, noted that the struggle to pay workers’ salaries started in 2015 when the country began to experience recession and called for their understanding.
He scored self high in the area of massive infrastructural development, health, free education and security, adding that his regime has kept his campaign promises and has been fair in providing dividends of democracy to the electorate.
Reacting to an earlier request made by the NLC Chairman in Imo State Comrade Austin Chilakpo on suspended and sacked workers, the governor said only ghost workers were sacked and the suspended judiciary workers remain suspended.
Considering the economic status of Imo Transport Company ITC and their counterpart in Imo Palm Plantation, the governor made it clear that staffers of the two government agency should be financially independent to pay their workers.
Earlier in his address, Chilakpo appreciated the giant strides of the governor in the area of massive infrastructures and appealed to him to consider the sacked and suspended judiciary workers as well as payment of Ada Palm and ITC workers.

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