By MaryAnn Chukwuma
Awka, May 20, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government has cleared the air on accusations brought against it for approving deductions from workers’ salaries which was meant for the recapitalisation of Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank.
Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank is owned by workers under the employ of the Anambra State Government.
Anambra State Head of Service (HOS), Barr Harry Udu while addressing newsmen during a news briefing on May 18 at his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
He explained that the deductions were for the benefit of the bank which solely belonged to the workers.
Mr Udu added that the recapitalisation was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directives and it is for the workers to continue benefiting from their bank, and as well to keep the bank afloat.
He reminded the people that the Gov. Willie Obiano administration remained among the most worker-friendly in the country for about seven years now.
“There is no way we can take such a decision without due consultation with the labour leaders in the state.
“I am also a worker and the three months deductions affected me too. It is a price to pay for a greater good of Ndi Anambra and the workers,’’ the HOS said.
The civil service boss urged political groups and parties who were trying to pitch the workers against this administration to be cautious.
“ It is never wise politicking with the sensitivity of the workforce with issues that are clear to all that is meant for the good of the state.
“As workers, at some points we are expected to make some sacrifices for the common good of our state,’’ Mr Udu noted.
He explained that the deduction was designed to last for only three months.
“At the end of May the reason for the deductions could have been achieved and the workers’ salaries would be returned immediately to what is due to each and everyone.
“It will be dangerous for the Workers’ bank to fold over failure to meet up with their recapitalisation as directed by the CBN.’’
According to the HOS, if we had appealed to our governor he could have come to our aid.
He said that it is not true that the deduction was ordered by Gov. Obiano as claimed by some political parties.
“I urge political organisations to desist from dragging civil servants into politics as the service remains at the beck and call of only the duly elected,’’ HOS said.
Managing Director, Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank, Mr Peter Eze explained that this contribution by workers would automatically make them shareholders.
“As shareholders in the bank they will continue to reap the dividends of their equity even after death.’’
Present at the briefing were the Permanent Secretary, Office of the HOS, Mrs Carole Njaka, Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) Anambra state, Mr Patrick Obianyo and representatives from Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra State Chapter. (MOI) NC/3C/TON