Ebonyi State News
Jan 04, 2018

Organised labour in Ebonyi has said that it was not prodded to confer Governor Dave Umahi with the title of `Enyi Ndi Oru,’ (friend of workers). Mr Leonard Nkah, Ebonyi State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen. As you can recalled that organised labour, comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in 2017 conferred the title on Umahi, during a rally organised by industrial unions in Ebonyi. He dismissed as unfounded the sentiments being expressed in some quarters, that the honour was designed to give Umahi advantage, ahead of the 2019 governorship election, as it was clear he would seek re-election.
Nkah, however, said that there was nothing wrong with drumming support for a performing governor. He added that Umahi deserved to be honoured by Ebonyi workers as they receive their monthly salary on the 15th of every month. Pensioners are also not owed in Ebonyi; a governor who showed manifest love and interest on the welfare of workers, deserved recognition by the entire Ebonyi workforce.
Nkah, during the rally, on behalf of the entire Ebonyi workforce, thanked the governor for his favourable disposition towards workers and pledged their continued support for his administration. He maintained that they gathered to re-affirm their support Umahi as he had pulled the state from the brink of collapse, occasioned by backwardness, poverty, corruption, poor state of infrastructure, among others. He retraced that Governor David Nweze Umahi has steadily paid workers’ salaries and gratuities as well as made history by paying workers 13th month bonus salary when other states with higher Federal Government allocation battled to pay basic salaries.
Nka also thanked the governor for integrating the workers’ in the state government’s agricultural policies which has enabled them engage in several agricultural ventures to supplement their earnings. Umahi, had after being conferred with the honour by workers,’ promised to sustain his workers’ friendly policies. Umahi stated that he does not owe workers’ salaries and allowances, and I commend the organised labour leadership in the state for realising that the era of pursuing agitations through strike, coercion, lying, intimidation, among others, is gone. He said that to further show his appreciation for the conduct of the labour leadership, workers’ would receive 50 per cent of their salaries on Jan.2, 2018.  This would serve as a palliative before the payment of your January 2018 salaries and your leave allowances would from the same period, be paid as part of your salaries.
He further stated that he would also maintain the payment of salaries and other allowances between the 15th and 20th of January. The Governor announced that the government has donated 66, 000 bags of 25kg rice to workers as part of their Christmas celebration, directing that each worker would collect at least two bags each.