Anambra workers observe sit-at-home, defy Soludo’s pay-cut ‘threats’…

Written by on May 9, 2023

Civil servants in Anambra State stayed away from work in defiance of Governor Chukwuma Soludo‘s directive that they should resume work every Monday.

Soludo, at last May Day rally, described as deliberate absence of civil servants from duty under the excuse of sit-at-home, threatening to slash salaries of those who abscond from work on Mondays.

But a visit to State Secretariat in Awka, the state capital and other public institutions, including schools, banks and markets across the state show low turnout of workers as most of the facilities were under lock.

Workers seen in few offices said they could make it to work because they came with their private vehicles, while others said they reside within the state capital.

Chairman chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emeka Nwafor asked Soludo to provide workers coming to work to Awka, on Mondays with vehicles and security in view of the sit-at-home.

He described as suicidal, workers coming to work in Awka on Mondays from areas like Ihiala, Onitsha and Aguata with commercial vehicles without government’s assured security arrangements.

He said by so doing, workers would feel safe and comfortable to shun Mondays sit-at-home and continue to come to work on Mondays, as directed by the Governor.

Nwafor maintained that the vehicles would not only convey the workers to their respective offices, but take them back to their destinations at the end of the day.

Anambra chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chinedu Nwabueze, solicited state government support in improving their services in the state.

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