Labour unions accuse Obiano of N2.7bn indebtedness, issues 14-day Ultimatum

Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano it has been reveale3d is indebted to some labour unions in the state to the tune of N2.7bn. these are accumulations from the previous governments in the state.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Technical and recreational services(AUPCTRE), has to this end given the governor a 14-day ultimatum to either pay up the accumulated debt or face battle in the state.
The demands, according to AUPCTRE, are to settle debts of its workers in parastatals and agencies totaling two billion, seven hundred and fifty million naira(N2.750bn) owed them.
They also handed the governor an order to recall workers of Anambra State environmental protection Agency(ANSEPA), whose appointments were illegally and unjustly terminated and payment of their arrears from January 2012 to July 2015 paid.
All these were contained in a communiqué issued by the union after a marathon meeting with the agencies and parastatals held at its office in Awka, yesterday.
The communiqué was signed by Sure Okafor, State Chairman AUPCTRE, Emma Anyadufu, State Secretary; Maneke Sixtus, Water Corporation; Simeon Nwafor, Coordinating secretary; Peter Okafor; ANSEPA Coordinating Chairman among others.
Other agencies and parastatals at the meeting were; ANSEPA, Anambra State Water Corporation(ANSWC), Volunteer Service Agency(VSA) and Anambra State Marketing Company Limited(AMC).
The labour Union alleged that the state government was owing ANSEPA staff 300million Naira, Water Corporation, 2.3billion Naira between January 2012 to July 2015, and Marketing Board, N150million  between 2002 and July 2015.
AUPCTRE further demanded the absorption of VSA workers by the state government to the core ministry and the promotion/advancement of the workers since 20 years.
They recalled all the efforts made to see the governor with a view to resolving the issues, but all to no avail, which they gave reference to their letters, dated 27/05/2015 and 30/03/2015 respectively.
According to the communiqué, “sequel to the above, the meeting will appreciate the Anambra State government to graciously, respond positively within 14 days from the date of the communiqué, otherwise this state union will be compelled to join the national ;leadership of AUPCTRE to explore all legitimate means to help the workers needs met,” it said.


By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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