The Enugu state executive council on Tuesday, December 5, approved a 13th month salary for the state’s civil servants as an added boost to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas.
The approval of the Christmas bonus followed a meeting between the leadership of the organized labour in the state and the council held at the Government House, Enugu.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Virginus Nwobodo, said the gesture was unprecedented in the history of the state, NAN reports.
Nwobodo commended Governor Ugwuanyi for the offer, which he said was a surprise package borne out of his magnanimity and an incentive to motivate workers to discharge their duties efficiently.
The labour leader urged workers in the state to reciprocate the gesture by putting in their best to increase productivity.
Also speaking, the state chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, said that the beauty of the offer was that the workers never asked or agitated for it.
“It was freely given to us and because of that, it is another milestone in the administration of Governor Ugwuanyi, who is always passionate about workers’ welfare,” he said.
Igbokwe maintained that the leadership of the union and the workers would continue to appreciate the gesture and reciprocate by discharging their responsibilities for the growth and development of the state.
“Our prayer is that the state will continue to improve and increase its revenue so that more things will come the way of the workers,” he said.
Meanwhile, NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, is of the opinion that politics in Nigeria is more like a business. Comrade Wabba made the statement when he received a delegation from a Civil Society Organisation – Say No Campaign Nigeria in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, December 5.
“Seeking political office should be to serve the people not to serve yourself, because if you look at our situation today, people look at politics as an investment including borrowing.
“And once you occupy that office, the first thing you do is to recover that investment and even make profit, so that’s why it is a business in the context of Nigerian politics. That is what have made our system very problematic,” Comrade Wabba lamented.