Anambra workers to Tinubu, Soludo: We’re hungry, unable to pay rent

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra state chapter, Tuesday, lamented that workers were becoming homeless and hungry as a result of economic hardship currently bedevelling the country amidst poor salary structures.

The organised labour in a peaceful march at Awka, the state capital, urged Governor Professor Chukwuma Soludo and President Bola Tinubu to make policies capable of addressing the challenges.

The state NLC Chairman, Comrade Humphrey Nwafor, while addressing newsmen, said there is hunger in the land as “Many of our workers cannot pay their house rent and children school fees now.The N30,000 minimum wage which many states are not even paying cannot take us from our work places. People are dying like chicken.”

Contributing, the Chairperson, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Kingsley Ubaoji, urged Soludo to uplift the state owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University whose lecturers “are not happy, retirees are not being paid their pensions and the ASUU is not functional.”

On his part, the state Chairman of National Union of Electricity, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Nweze, called on President Tinubu to review workers salaries to a minimum of N1.2million, while urging governor Soludo to resume the payment of N12,000 wage award which the state stopped paying for some months.

Addressing the protesters at Anambra state government house in Awka, the Head of Service, Mrs Theodora Igwegbe, said the government has taken note of their demands and would surely address them.