650 Imo traditional rulers, Labour back Uzodinma
Governor Hope Uzodinma has assured traditional rulers in the state of his readiness to conduct fresh local government election in line with local government laws in the state.
He stated this when the chairmen of the traditional rulers from the twenty-seven local government areas representing 650 traditional rulers of Imo State led by the Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, Eze Agunwa Ohiri paid him a courtesy call on Monday.
Governor Uzodinma reminded the monarchs that their role cannot be over emphasized in ensuring peace and tranquility.
The governor assured them that his policies will meet the yearnings and aspirations of Imo people.
Earlier the leader of the delegation, Eze Agunwa Ohiri noted that the purpose of the visit was to advise him to be steadfast and take Imo to a greater height.
Eze Ohiri explained that leadership comes from God and promised the governor the support of the traditional rulers in the state.
Eze Ohiri said “God gives power to whoever he likes. Be confident that Imo is behind you. You should not be afraid.”
Meanwhile, organized labour in Imo State has met with Governor Hope Uzodinma with a pledge to support the government in its quest to reposition the civil service and return it to its glorious days.
Receiving the Labour Unions at the Government House Owerri on Monday, Governor Uzodinma solicited partnership with Labour, assuring that he has come to serve the people with utmost sincerity. He extended his hands of fellowship to the unions and promised that Labour issues will be taken seriously.
While expressing confidence that he will make payment of the new minimum wage a top priority, the Governor directed the committee set up for the new minimum wage to liaise with the Secretary to the State Government and come up with their report for quick implementation.
Governor Uzodinma also assured of prompt payment of salaries and pensions. He said: “I am not going to joke with payment of salaries and pensions, by 26th and 27th of every month, salaries must be paid complete. The era of unnecessary deductions is over, we must return the civil service to function and create the necessary checks and balances”.
The Governor however asked for support. “It is not about political party or where you come from, it’s all about having the capacity to deliver. “If in the next one year, the narratives have not changed, people can now talk but you must give me a chance. I know I will not fail.”
Congratulating Governor Uzodinma on his Supreme Court victory on behalf of his colleagues, the NLC Chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu expressed their readiness to partner with the administration to work for the progress and development of the civil service and the state at large.
The Labour leader requested for a smooth flow of information between Government and Labour and prayed that salaries and pensions be paid promptly and simultaneously as promised.