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The leadership of organised labour in Anambra State has written to the Governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to thank him for the palliative which he recently announced to cushion hardship caused by the removal of subsidies from petrol.
The groups, which included the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), appreciated the governor for the palliative, which they said is not only favourable to workers but also to other segments of society.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that Soludo had last week announced the distribution of rice to over 300,000 households in every part of the state and the addition of N12,000 to workers’ salaries from September to December.
In a letter to Soludo, which was signed by the chairmen and secretaries of the labour unions, it said: ‘On behalf of the Anambra State workforce and pensioners, we use this medium to express our profound appreciation to Mr Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, for the twelve thousand naira (N12,000.00) per month cash award given to workers both active and retired.’
The holistic nature of your palliative, which cuts across all Anambranians: the employed, unemployed, less privileged, the market people, the sick and pregnant women, schoolchildren and students, the artisans, and transporters, is worthy of commendation.”
The organised labour also appreciated the governor’s recent absorption of workers from the recently closed-down Anambra-owned National Light into various ministries.
‘The absorption of over 70 workers of the National Light newspaper is equally appreciated. Your open disposition towards organised labour and your passion for meeting the numerous challenges facing workers in the state are well appreciated. We pledge to partner with your administration to move Anambra State into the fast lane of development in all facets.