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Anambra Workers Tackle Soludo, Issue 7-Day Ultimatum

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The Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given Governor Chukwuma Soludo a seven-day ultimatum to address workers’ welfare in the state.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), however, pointed out that if Soludo fails to address their welfare concerns within the stipulated timeframe, they will commence a strike.

This ultimatum was outlined in a joint statement issued in Awka on Wednesday, signed by the Labour leaders of NLC, Humphrey Nwafor, and Chris Ogbonna of TUC.

The unions also urged Soludo to establish a ministry of labour or appoint a special adviser to facilitate communication between the government and labour unions in the state.

The unions, therefore, called for the immediate suspension of the deductions and immediate refund of the monies deducted from workers’ salaries, calling for the immediate dissolution of the Ndi-olu microfinance board.

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They alleged that the Microfinance bank had been engaged in inhuman treatment of workers and other ridiculous activities.

The workers advised Soludo to set up a panel to investigate the activities of the bank.

They said the non-constitution of the Civil Service Commission and Judicial Service Commission among others was a deliberate act by the government to destabilise the system and prevent workers from being promoted and having access to other entitlements.

It, however, advised the government to immediately constitute boards that were due for reconstitution to enable workers to have access to their rights and privileges.

They also called for the immediate appointment of permanent secretaries for the smooth running and administration of civil service.

Soludo’s administration had only three permanent secretaries that oversee all the ministries in the state

They insisted that the non-appointment of permanent secretaries for two years and the use of three permanent secretaries in running the 22 MDAs were acts of insensitivity on the part of the government to the advancement of workers’ welfare.

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