Enugu State civil servants celebrated their civil service week, paying glowing tribute to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his sustained disposition to their general welfare since he assumed office.
The workers made the commendation at the Michael Okpara, Independence Layout, Enugu during the grand finale of this year’s week-long activities marking the civil service week.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Enugu state chapter, Comrade Virginus Nwobodo, explained that since assuming office, the present administration has continued to pay workers’ salaries not later than the 25th of every month, adding that the governor’s kind gesture has stood him out as about the most responsive and responsible governor in the country.
“I must say that in the areas of paying salaries, His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, is very responsive, just as the Head of Service said after highlighting the good deeds of the present administration. You can see that promotions are being released to workers, paying of leave allowances. Actually, he has been doing well. You can recall that His Excellency awarded houses to civil servants of lower grade, it is unprecedented”, Comrade Nwobodo noted.
He urged the workers to reciprocate the gestures by being dedicated to duty since according to him “labour is the engine room of every administration.”
Earlier in his speech, the State Head of Service, Mr. Chidi Ezema said the state civil servants are being placed in a better position to combat the prevailing economic crunch in the country because they receive their salaries regularly.
The Head of Service recalled reported harrowing experience of workers in some states of the federation in the face of the on-going economic crisis, stating, however that happily, in Enugu State, “His Excellency our governor has been living up to his responsibilities both in salary payment and other welfare packages”.
Addressing the workers on the occasion, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said that the present administration’s interest in the welfare of the workers was based on the initiative of moving the state forward.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo stated “as a government, we have indeed continued to express our desire to build a civil service that will not only be a model among its contemporaries but one that will give the people of Enugu State a new lease of life in terms of qualitative service delivery. We want to see a civil service where discipline, commitment, efficiency and altruism reign supreme”.
He thanked the workers for their support to the present administration and pledged to sustain the good relationship existing between the workers and the state government.