By NBF News

Abia LG workers urged to support Orji's administration

Thursday, March 04 , 2010

Gov. Theodore Orji

Special Adviser to Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia State on Women Affairs, Chief (Mrs) Amarachi Dede, has urged workers in the state's unified local government system to support the administration of Governor Theodore Orji in its drive to clear the arrears of salary owed them by the immediate past chairmen of councils in the state.

She made the appeal in Aba during the send off ceremony organized for the former Head of Personnel Management (HPM) for Aba South Local Government, Mrs. Joy Dimanochie, by the Local Government Administrative Officers Association (LGAOA) of the council.

Dede, who spoke against the backdrop of the reported planned industrial action by workers of the 17 local government councils in the state over unpaid salaries, said workers' support had become imperative since the state governor is personally making spirited efforts to off set the salary arrears owed them. Some of the local governments owe their workers as much as ten months.

She commended the workers for their patience and said with the intervention of the state government, the backlog of salaries owed them would soon be a thing of the past. She commended the governor for his efforts in reducing crime, particularly kidnapping, in the state and called on traditional rulers to partner with government to stamp out violent crimes in Abia state.

Mrs. Dimanochie said it was a great honour to have worked in Aba south local government which she described as the commercial nerve center of the state. Dimanochie, who had been transferred to Bende local government in the same capacity, while commending the residents of the council for being peace loving, extolled the good virtues of the workers of the council exhibited through sense of patriotism when she was with them and urged them to extend the same to Sir, Ben Nwulu, the new HPM.

Members of LGAOA, Aba South, through their chairman, said Mrs. Dimanochie was instrumental to the formation of the association in the council which was its first in the 17 local governments of the state and described her as a woman of substance, wishing her well in her new posting.