Public servants in Imo State have been assured of prompt payment of their emoluments as they have been hailed as “the pivot upon which the wheel of any administration must rotate”.
The Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha gave the assurance in his May Day address to workers at the Heroes’ Square, Owerri last Monday.
“All the developmental projects in the State wouldn’t have been possible without the workers”, the Governor testified, adding that “the happiness of workers is my ultimate goal”.
But he warned that the days were gone when government work “was a place, for lazy people to go and take money and so home” hence he challenged workers to work hard to be paid according to each worker’s “labour input”.
On the non-payment of subventions to government parastatals, the governor insisted that the parastatals have to generate revenues to run their outfits although he assured that government would continue to pay the salaries of staff.
In his address earlier, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade R.A. Anyadike disclosed that the theme of the 2013 May Day celebration in Nigeria is “100 years of National development” and commended the Imo State Governor for the outstanding developmental projects in the state.
But he appealed to the governor to look into the issues of non-promotion of public servants in the State service, non-payment of 17 months salary arrears owed to workers of Imo Newspapers, non-payment of subvention to parastatals, non-payment of pension arrears to retired local government staff/retired teachers as well as no-payment of terminal benefits and 18 months salary arrears to disengaged workers of Imo Palm Plantation among others.
Among the participants in the workers’ May Day parade were indigenes of Imo State who served the government of Abia State but were terminated without any benefit paid to them who appeared in all-black uniform.
The climax of the celebration was the 2013 “Labour Award of Excellence” to Governor Okorocha “in recognition of his monumental achievements in the State.
Others were also honoured by the Imo Chapter of NLC among them, the former chairman of the Imo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sir Fidel Onyeneke.