The recently sworn-in Exco of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, has concluded its 100 days thanksgiving mass in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Speaking in an interview, the Rivers State chapter chairman of AUPCTRE, Comrade Patrick Igbo, said the 100 days in office of the new Exco was fantastic, despite the economic challenges that the administration is being faced with.
The state chairman, who reassured of consolidating with the achievements of his predecessor, stated that his administration had in the last 100 days in office kick started the arrears payment of check off dues to all branches of the state chapter.
Comr. Igbo, who disclosed of its meeting with the Rivers State Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwin on the issue of TIMARIV, said they were looking up to the promise of the Head of Service to look into the matter, while wondering why a body that was established by the state law, had been abandoned for years, without any consideration.
Rivers AUPCTRE leader further thanked the labour union and its affiliate bodies in the state for their show of solidarity in the recent picketing of MTN service points in Rivers State, for its refusal to allow the constitution of labour union in its establishment.
Comrade Igbo who spoke on the on-going discussion with a bank to continue with the housing estate for AUPCTRE members, which was initiated by the immediate past administration, also disclosed that union is currently discussing with the management of Rivers Transport Company, RTC, to provide a transport scheme for members of the Union.
He was optimistic that the training programs that have been lined up for members by his administration would impact positively in their career and proficiency.
Comrade Igbo, who lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his magnanimity in taking responsibility for the reconstruction of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Rivers State chapter secretariat and the prompt payment of workers’ salary, despite the recent Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, meetings that ended in deadlock, noted that Labour Union in the state will ever remain grateful to him.
Comrade Igbo in the meantime, commended his Exco members, particularly the NDDC chapter chairman of the Union, for their unflinching support to the unity and development of the state chapter and promised to continue to carry everybody along.
Recall that AUPCTRE had on the 5th of April, 2018 elected and sworn-in Comrade Patrick Igbo as its state chairman; Comrade Anucha Charity Nkem, 1st Vice Chairman; Comrade Gbaraedo Bright, 2nd Vice Chairman; Comrade Douglas Ibim Ezekiel, State Treasurer; Comrade Orupabo A. Emmanuel, State Secretary Finance; Comrade Tobins Tamunominabo, State Secretary Administration; Comrade Oguebue Maureen O., State Secretary Welfare and Comrade William E. Onyemaechi, who was returned unopposed as the State Internal Auditor.
By Blaise Elumezie