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The Akwa Ibom State Government is to pass a law to cater for a contributory pension scheme for civil servants.
The state Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, told workers yesterday in Uyo during the celebration of May Day that he would inform the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to draft the bill and send it to the state House of Assembly for deliberation and approval.
He reiterated his administration's commitment to workers' welfare and called on them to reciprocate the gesture by being committed to their duties.
He said: "I am proud of the cordial relationship existing between our administration and the workers. Your narrative has been that I am the most worker-friendly governor in our country. But what did you expect when you elected a worker a governor? This has been a government of workers, for workers and by workers.
"The age-long tradition of the celebration of the Workers’ Day is an acknowledgement of the achievements and accomplishments of workers. These achievements and accomplishments would not have been possible without a strong sense of solidarity. As a worker, I believe that solidarity is thicker than politics. I am, therefore, not surprised that as the governor of our dear state, I have enjoyed your solidarity and have succeeded because of your solidarity."
In her speech, the Chairperson of the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Unyime Usoro, applauded the cordial relationship between the labour and the state government, especially the implementation of the 27.5 per cent Teachers' Salary Scale (TSS), payment of N21,000 minimum wage to workers, 100 per cent car allowances to civil servants and employment of 10,000 civil servants, among others.