Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on Wednesday announced a one grade level promotion to all the Local Government workers in the state.
Ikpeazu announced this during a meeting with members of the State National Union of Local Government Employees.
The meeting was held at the International Conference Center, Umuahia.
Ikpeazu said that the command promotion and the government’s support for the Law on Local Government Autonomy were meant to improve even development in the rural areas.
He said the State Government under his watch had remained focused on evolving progressive programmes and policies for the betterment of workers.
He said: “A lot of efforts have been made by individuals in different quarters to put enmity between the government and workers.
“I stand to tell you that the State Government has your interest at heart and my administration has not relented in working towards the betterment of workers in Abia.”
Ikpeazu urged the workers to vote wisely during Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections, saying that it was “essential for every worker to vote wisely”.
The governor further appealed to them to vote for the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party to ensure the continuation of progressive governance in the state.
Ikpeazu said: “The governorship candidate of PDP, Chief Okey Ahiwe, knows that government is a continuum and he will sustain the programmes and policies of the present administration.
“I trust Ahiwe to continue from where I stopped and whatever is outstanding in your welfare would be taken care of within 150 days in office, if he emerges governor.
“I appeal to you and your families to give PDP your support on March 11 by voting for the party.”
Also, Ahiwe promised to strengthen the State Government’s programmes by ensuring that salaries and allowances would be paid promptly, if elected.
He said: “I have been in the system for over seven years and I will address every challenge affecting local government workers.”
Responding, the state NULGE President, Ikechi Nwaigwe, thanked the State Government for the promotion granted to his members.
Nwaigwe said that the gesture would boost their commitment to higher productivity.
He described the promotion as a welcome development and promised that the union would continue to support the government’s efforts toward achieving even development at the grassroots level.