By China Ogbonna
Worker-friendly Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha of Imo State has directed the immediate release of primary school pensions as well as payment of salary arrears of workers in the state parastatals.
The governor, who announced the directive in Owerri during the 2014 Workers Day Celebration, also promised to look into the problem of Imo Transport Company (ITC) which has been in crisis.
Okorocha restated his determination to improve the welfare of workers in the state, acknowledging that he is one of the few favoured governors in the federation who have received workers’ support.
“If we have recorded any success, it is because workers have given us support”, he said, and promised not to take it for granted.
He said that his administration has released N98 million for the renovation, equipping and computerization of the state secretariat to create a conducive working environment for maximum output.
He restated his compassion for Imo indigenes who were sacked by the Abia State Government and called on the Abia State Government to reconsider its position on the matter.
The governor recounted the administration’s achievements in infractructural development to include 305 model schools, 27 new hospitals, Heroes’ Square, Ikemba Ojukwu Centre, Freedom Square, roads, free education, among others.
In an address presented by labour and delivered by Comrade Paul Akalazu on the theme of the 2014 May Day Celebration is “Building Enduring Peace and Unity – panacea for sustaining National Development”, the workers highlighted some of the areas that may breech the existing peace.
They include non-response of letters from labour, non-payment of March salaries to all parastatals, study leave without pay, non-payment of minimum wage to workers in Imo Newspapers, and the problems of Imo State Sports Council, Imo State Water Corporation and Imo Transport Company (ITC).