Labour minister, Ngige, Kaigama, others, laud Ugwuanyi’s welfare programmes

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has lauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his people-oriented programmes and policies, saying he has positively transformed the lives of the people.

 Also commending Governor Ugwuanyi was the National President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade (Dr) Bobboi Bala Kaigama who said his outstanding commitment to the welfare of the state’s workers had endeared him into the hearts of the people.

The duo of Ngige and Kaigama made the commendations in their separate speeches during the groundbreaking of 100 Housing Units for Nigerian workers by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), in collaboration with Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), TUC and Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA), held at Ede-Oballa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Speaking at the epoch-making the event, the TUC National President stated that his leadership was proud of Governor Ugwuanyi for not only paying workers’ salaries regularly but also for ensuring that they have a decent working environment.

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Comrade Kaigama, who said that Governor Ugwuanyi was second to none in the provision of workers’ welfare in the Southeast geo-political zone, noted that the governor had set the pace for other states to emulate.

Describing Governor Ugwuanyi as a performer, the Labour leader told the governor that Enugu State is working under his leadership, stressing that it is not only because he is a performer, but he exhibited the sense of performance with humility.

He maintained that the governor is very humble and caring and listens when it comes to challenges confronting the workers and the entire people of Enugu.

“If there is any governor that Nigerian workers can come up and work for his success particularly for his second term, we are proud to say that our members will work for you,” he added.

“We will say it anywhere because you have done it and you are doing it. We assure that the working class not only in Enugu State but also in the entire nation is supporting you on your efforts to deliver the dividends of democracy,” he further said.

Appreciating  Ugwuanyi’s efforts to give succour to the state workers through the provision of affordable accommodation, the TUC President urged Enugu workers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that they continue to have a harmonious working relationship with the state government.

In his remark, the  Minister described Ugwuanyi as a governor who is paying workers’ salaries as at when due, adding that he was delighted at the massive infrastructural development in Enugu State.

“Thanks to the Gburugburu magic,” he said humorously.

Dr Ngige lauded the initiative of the FMBN in partnership with the state government and other concerned bodies to provide affordable housings for the workers as a welcome development, pointing out that the project is in line with the tripartite policy of the federal government.

Other Speakers at the event which included the Managing Director of FMBN, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Director General of NECA, Olusegun Oshinowo, and the Managing Director of Multidev Nigeria Ltd, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, also applauded Governor Ugwuanyi for promptly facilitating the provision of land for the project and ensuring its cost reduction, which they said would make  houses more affordable for the state’s civil servants.

In his address, Governor Ugwuanyi, who welcomed the dignitaries to the state, explained that the project was in line with his administration’s promise to transform the socio-economic fortunes of the state and to deploy government resources and services to create fair and equal opportunity for every willing citizen to make a living, create wealth and enjoy life in a peaceful and secure environment.

The governor noted that the project also underscored the state government’s commitment to improving the welfare of the workers of the State as well as the provision of affordable housing for all citizens of the state.

Ugwuanyi further emphasized that the programme is also a testimony to the usefulness of synergy and cooperation between government, public institutions and the organized labour in the quest to improve the living standard of the people through the rapid development of all sectors of the state’s economy.

While thanking the FMBN for choosing Enugu State particularly Nsukka as one of the locations for the project, Ugwuanyi noted that the initiative was a welcome complement to the other efforts of his administration in developing the University town of Nsukka – the second largest urban area in Enugu State and a University town founded over half a century ago.

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