By John Ndu : Anambra State Government has inaugurated a 10 man committee to study the issues concerning the welfare of workers in the state.

The Committee named a Special Committee on Outstanding Labour � Workers Demand and Issues was inaugurated at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The committee consists of government officials and technocrats, would be headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, while the Secretary is Mr Tony Ezenwaka Permanent Secretary in the office of Head of Service.

Other members include, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof, Solo Chukwulobelu, the State Heads of Service, Barr Harry Uduh, the Commissioner for Justice, Barr Anali Chude, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ifeatu Onejeme, the Chairman Post Primary School Service Commission, Lady Joy Ulasi, the Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, (ASUBEB), Nze Emeka Olisa, the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance, Hon Ngozi Okonkwo, and the Senior Special Assistant Finance, Mr Tony Oli.

The committee has four months to deliberate on the outstanding demands of labour in all segments and make appropriate recommendations, vis-a-vis financial implications and source of fund to the state government.

Some of the demands to deliberate include, review and harmonisation of pensions, sustainable implementation of the new Contributory Pension Scheme, severance gratuity as well as benefits of retired Judges, disparities in the payment of local government workers, doctors and other local government health professionals.

Other issues include non payment of peculiarity allowance to NASU, PPSSC and ASUBEB staff, hazard allowance to fire officers, outstanding matters of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), retirement age of 65 years of Nwafor Orizu College of Education NOCEN, among other things.

Inaugurating the committee, the State Governor Chief Willie Obiano pointed that the essence of the committee was to further improve on the welfare of workers in the state, by submitting appropriate recommendations that would sustain the largesse they have been enjoying since his administration.

Governor Obiano said he would continue formulating policies that would transform the standard of living of workers beyond their contemporaries in other states, vis-a-vis prompt payment of workers’ salaries, payment of pension and gratuities among other yearly benefits.

The governor who recalled that his administration in 2015 had increased workers’ salary by 16%, charged the State Civil Service Commission to commence the process of promotion in line with civil service rules.

He urged the workers to be committed and work diligently in the course of their duties, as his administration would always provide several reasons for them to smile.

Responding, the chairman of the committee and Deputy Governor of Anambra State Dr Nkem Okeke observed that the inauguration of the committee, which is geared towards improving the status of workers, was a sign of good governance and a step in a positive direction.

While expressing gratitude to Governor Obiano for being part of the committee, Dr Okeke promised to come up with objective recommendations in line with the Governor’s directives, to add values to the working conditions of the workers in the state.

Earlier in his address, the Head of Service and member of the committee, Barr Harry Uduh revealed that Governor Obiano inaugurated the committee due to some issues and demands raised by labour leaders in the state, during the 2017 Workers Day.

Barr Uduh who described Governor Obiano as a passionate and Workers’ friendly Governor, commended the initiative to look into workers demands, which according to him would add to the benefits workers enjoy in the state.

The highlight of the event was the official inauguration of the 10 Man Committee.

Source: Anambra State Government