The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party and the state government have clashed over alleged deductions from the workers’ salaries by the Willie Obaino-led administration.
The PDP warned the state governor to stop deducting workers’ salaries, describing it as unfair in the prevailing economic reality.
The state Chairman of the party, Ndubuisi Nwobu, who stated this on Friday, asked the governor to reverse such injustice
Nwobu said, “Anambra State under the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has practically been run aground.
“The level of infrastructural decay in our dear state is unprecedented and the All Progressives Grand Alliance -controlled government is unperturbed.
“It is on record that Anambra state civil servants belong to the class of least paid workers in Nigeria.
“States across the country that are not as endowed as Anambra State have since upgraded the salaries and entitlement of their workers in line with the nation’s minimum wage policy.
“It has come to our notice that deductions are being forcefully made from the workers’ meagre salaries for the recapitalization of Ndiolu Micro-Finance Bank.
“We at PDP are genuinely concerned about the welfare of Anambra State civil servants who are coerced to part with certain percentages of their meagre take home salaries.
“The development has raised more questions than answers and of course, has demonstrated the insensitivity of the APGA-controlled government to the plights of Anambra workers whose real income have suffered depreciation because of the galloping inflation in the nation.
“What a responsible and responsive government should be doing by now is to think of what to do to alleviate the suffering of the workers and not make things harder for them through illegal deductions from their salaries.”
Reacting, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C- Don Adinuba, described the ‘PDP’s tantrum’ as “an example of profound ignorance, driven by mischief.”
Adinuba said, “It’s an example of profound ignorance, driven by mischief. Ndiolu Microfinance Bank is owned by the workers and not the government
“And the workers decided to recapitalize by deducting certain amount of money from their salaries, just the way some labour unions deduct check-off fees from workers”.