By Ebere Suzy
An Organised Labour comprising of the Anambra State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress(TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) yesterday decried the coatic educational system in the state and advised Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano to be caution of patterning with private sector in development of education and health sector.
The organized labour who spoke on wednesday through their Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) in Anambra state, Comrade Patrick Obianyo said that labour was not averse to the state government partnership with private sector in education sector but such partnership must be clearly defined.
The NLC Chairman who led his team to pay courtesy call on the Governor at the Government House,Awka made requests that cut across issues relating to minimum wage, prompt promotion of workers, poor internally generated revenue, education, health, employment, water corporation and the key parastatals like ABS, Anambra TV and National Light.
The complained that the wages they were receiving now can no longer cater for them adequately and consequently, they appealed to Obiano to review their salaries upwards.
The workers called for the prompt promotion of workers, an increase in the level of internally generated revenue(1GR), asking Obiano to revisit the recent employment exercise carried out by the state government, just as they are demanding that the problem of Water Corporation and the ABS, Anambra TV and National Light should be resolved to give the staff a new lease of life.
Responding to their demands, the Governor assured that his government will maintain prompt and regular payment of salaries, pension and gratuities, stressing that henceforth, workers in the state will be promoted as and when due.
The governor said that the issue of minimum wage will be revisited immediately the revenue profile of the state improved.
He explained that a machinery has been set up to strengthen and boost the state IGR, with a new chairman appointed for the Board of Internal Revenue and measures put in place to block avenues through which government revenue were diverted.