The Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti on Monday celebrated workers in the state in commemoration of May Day, assuring them that help is on the way.
In a statement he personally signed, the incoming governor told them to “weep no more”, adding that his administration is committed to addressing their concerns.
“Today, by the mercy of the Almighty God, our prayer, battle cry and admonition, ‘Weep No More, Help is on the Way’, has been answered and we can assuredly declare, help is here!” Otti stated.
“I have always held the view that a worker that is neglected or poorly treated is a threat to the economic prosperity of a state and argued that one of the ways to stimulate a depressed economy is to pay salaries and allowances as well as pay contractors to inject funds into the economy, which will in turn lead to increased demand for goods and services, higher productivity and job creation.
“I’m convinced that God saw through our hearts, hence, He crowned our efforts with that nationally celebrated historic victory that has given us the platform to serve you.”
He saluted Abia workers, especially those in the “State and Local Government civil services, who, despite being owed many months of salary arrears, have ensured that the wheels of public service continue to spin.”
Noting that majority of the workers are celebrating this year’s May Day on empty stomachs as a result of non-payment of salaries, he stated that such “sad experience will become a thing of the past going forward.” Otti commended them for their resilience, long-suffering and uncommon dedication to duty in the service of Abia State.
Lamenting that the outgoing administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leaving behind “humongous liabilities,” Otti said he is undaunted in addressing the challenges upon assuming office. Having won the March 18 governorship election, Otti will be sworn in as the next Abia governor on May 29.