The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has commended Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for prioritising the welfare of workers in the State by ensuring that their wages are paid regularly.
This commendation came few days after a survey by the data company, BudgIT, showed that Enugu, alongside Lagos and Rivers, are the only states currently able to meet recurrent needs.
The workers spoke during a solidarity rally organised to commemorate the anniversary of the colonial government’s slaying of 21 workers who were agitating for better working conditions on November 18, 1949, at the Iva Valley Coal Mine, in Enugu.
NLC’s head of Industrial Relations and Organizing Department, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboajah, who represented the body’s national president noted that it was on account of this history that Enugu holds a special place in the annals of trade unionism in Nigeria.
He noted that having found the “magic wand” in the prudent management of resources and ensuring workers receive their due, the governor should endeavour to share same with colleagues at the national level because “injury to one is injury to all.”
Governor Ugwuanyi, represented by the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Barrister Emeka Okeke, enjoined the workers to use the commemoration of the coal miners’ sacrifice made 67 years ago to work diligently to preserve and promote the ideals they fought for across in the country.