The Organised Labour of Anambra State consisting of strong 15 Industrial Unions have pledged to support Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.
The Union led by Comrade Adigwe Chikwelu paid a Solidarity visit to Cee Cee Soludo, APGA gubernatorial candidate at Awka, Anambra State, and afterwards pledged to support fully his ambition to become the next governor of the State.
During the interactive session with Cee Cee Soludo, the leader of the delegation, Comrade Adigwe Chikwelu assured Soludo of the Union’s support in the forthcoming governorship election. He appealed to Soludo to maintain the prompt payment of workers’ salary as currently being done by Governor Willie Obiano and also to look for possible ways to further improve the workers’ welfare.
Comrade Chikwelu tasked Soludo to carry the workers along when he becomes the governor of the state. He also requested that Cee Cee Soludo should look into the possibility of creating the Ministry of Labour and Productivity as other states in the federation have done as a way of improving government and labour relationship
Responding, Cee Cee Soludo said he shares a common “comradeship” with the Union. He recounted his days as student union activist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN). He said Labour should be a strategic partner in progress, adding that being indifferent is not an option in times of crises. He therefore harped on the need for constant cooperation at all times between the Organised Labour and government.
Cee Cee Soludo also assured his visitors that the focal point of manifesto is to create wealth through job creations
He also allayed the Union fears on the issues of salaries and emoluments payment, saying the issue of regular salary payment is a right of the workers and not a favour. He equally promised to run an open and very transparent public finance management where anybody within and any part of the world can see what comes in and what it is used for.
Concluding, Soludo thanked the Union for the visit and their support assuring them further that the issue of Labour is always at his heart
Speaking earlier, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Director-General of APGA Campaign Council and Secretary to the State Government, commended the Union for showing support and Solidarity to the governorship candidate of APGA. He assured the body that Governor Willie Obiano has never failed in paying salaries to workers and pensioners as at when due. He further reassured the body that Soludo will continue with the tradition and improve significantly on it
The vote of thanks was given by Comrade Benson Jibike, chairman, Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Nigeria, Anambra chapter, who appreciated Soludo for the warm reception accorded the Union. He also praised the host for his outstanding performance as CBN Governor, which he said boosted and stabilized the business activities of the Igbo business men and women across the Eastern States and beyond
Also present at the visit, were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Primus Odili; Hon Chinedu Obidigwe, Chief Ashia Nbabuife, Mrs Chinwe Orizu Vice-chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Hon. Greg Obi, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Hon Godwin Ibekwe, SSA on Labour Matters and many others!