A House of Representatives aspirant for Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Mascot Uzor Kalu, has assured the people of Abia State that the APC government would treat the welfare of the workers of the state with utmost priority if voted into power next year.
Kalu was reacting to the protest by the academic staff of Abia State Polytechnic and strike actions by teachers of public primary and secondary schools in the state over the non-payment of their backlog of salaries and allowances, amounting to 11 months and six months respectively.
The former Chief of Staff to former Governor Theodore Orji stated that the APC government at the national level had proved to Nigerians that the welfare of the people was actually a supreme law.
He said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari since inception had never at anytime, treated the issue of workers salaries with kids glove, adding that the welfare of pensioners who served the country in various strata had not been relegated to the background.
Kalu decried the inhuman treatment meted on Abia State workers by the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration in the state.
He said worse was the plight of pensioners who had been finally forgotten by the government and whose welfare was not in the programme of the Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration.
Also reacting to the unconfirmed reports making the rounds that two commercial planes and three private jets were hired for the reception of Governor Ikpeazu for conferment of an award by Vanguard Newspaper in Lagos, while those who could not be contained in the jets were given tickets to board alternative airlines for the event, with a cost analysis of over N400 million, according to the report, Kalu described such act, if proven to be true, as wicked and insensitive of a government that always complains of paucity of funds.
He said if the information was true, it would take decades for the state to recover from backwardness if the PDP government is not voted out next year.
He said the said amount wasted on such frivolous trip would go a long way in addressing the plights of the Abia State Poly lecturers.
Kalu therefore urged Abians to stand for hope to make Abia State great again.