Ahead of 2019 general election, the enthusiastic workers in Enugu State and the entire youth of the state have reiterated their stance on the earlier endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s re-election, declaring that they are solidly behind him.
The workers and youths, spoke separately through the state chairmen of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and Comrade Paschal Ugwu.
They said the decision was based on their conviction that the governor has continued to entrench good governance, cater for their welfare and promote peaceful co-existence and national unity among residents of the state.
They described the governor as a God-fearing, peace-loving, visionary, hardworking, unassuming, pragmatic and high-performing leader, whose style of governance is uncommon and remarkable.
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Speaking on behalf of the workers, the state Chairman of TUC, Comrade Igbokwe applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for his prompt payment of salaries on the 23rd of every month, “whether it falls on a Saturday or Sunday”.
Comrade Igbokwe added that Ugwuanyi “is a governor who makes workers’ welfare his first priority”, disclosing that “he paid June and July salaries even when FAAC did not sit for two months”, saying: “It is not obtainable anywhere”.
Reaffirming their earlier stance on the endorsement of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s re-election, labour leader, the governor’s giant strides in infrastructural development and human capital empowerment.
On the part of Enugu youths, the NYCN state Chairman, Comrade Ugwu, stated that “our youth-friendly governor has actually delivered on his promises to the youth in particular and the people of the state in general..
He disclosed that “youths in Enugu State are celebrating good governance and the peaceful atmosphere in Enugu State, made possible through His Excellency’s sound vision and humble disposition”.
Comrade Igbokwe, who further disclosed that the workers are happy with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s leadership style, said: “We have never had it so good before.
“I will tell you that in the last three and half years, Gov. Ugwuanyi has been in office, we have had more than 20 meetings with him and this was responsible for the successes we have recorded so far.
“So, we are delighted to say that in the three and half years of Ugwuanyi’s administration, the labour has fared very, very well in Enugu State. The workers are happy.
“Some arrears as far back as 2004, 2007, particularly the one of ENADEP he has started paying it gradually”.
“There are people that are owed gratuity for a very long time ago and he has also set up a platform for the payment of those benefits by setting aside the sum of N100 million every month”.
“Now people can be in their house and they will be called from the Office of the Accountant General to come and pick up their cheque.
“This is something that has never happened before. We have industrial peace in Enugu State. We are part of the committee that disbursed the bailout fund and the Paris club refunds”.
“And above all we are also part of the committee that fashioned ways on how to address workers’ issues and we love it unlike taking a decision without involving us”.