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The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Abia State has thrown its full weight behind Governor Alex Otti’s administration as it concerns the ongoing workers verification exercise and other ongoing reforms in the state.
In a statement jointly signed by the state NLC Chairman, Nweke Pascal Iheme, and the Secretary, Emma Alozie, in Umuahia, the labour union commended the governor for demonstrating commitment to reposition the civil service.
NLC also praised the governor over his promise to clear the backlog of salary and pension arrears before the end of the year.
The statement reads: ‘Dr. Alex Otti has demonstrated commitment to reposition Abia Civil Service and welfare of workers, as well as pensioners, assuring that this will be achieved before the end of the year.’
In a related development, Otti has, through the Head of Service (HOS), Joy Maduka, directed ministries, parastatals, boards, agencies and arms of government to immediately disengage all workers in their departments who were employed from January 2023 till date.
The HOS made the directive public, at the weekend, in a circular titled, ‘Disengagement of Staff Employed From January, 2023 Till Date,’ with reference HSA/S.0006/iv//08, tasking those concerned to immediately comply with the said directive.
In another report, the Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo has asserted that the emergence of Otti, as the Governor of Abia State is not just an answered prayer for the people of Abia State but for the South East and the whole of Nigeria.
Soludo gave a speech at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State, where he gave the keynote address at the ceremony marking the institution’s Founder’s Day and 30th anniversary of its founding.
Referring to Otti as the “New Abia” Governor, Soludo said: “The election of Governor Otti is not just an answered prayer for Abians but for the South East and the whole of Nigeria.”
He told the audience that he had no doubt in his mind that Abia, in the hands of Dr. Otti, is very safe and on a path to greatness.