Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, says it is sheer wickedness for any employer of labour particularly government to owe workers salaries in a time of recession.
Obiano made the remark during the commencement of the Anambra State Fire and Safety Summit in Awka on Wednesday.
He said states that owe workers are inviting calamity, as workers salaries energises the economy.
He urged employers to embrace risk management at such a time as this.
He said, “A state that does not pay its workers is inviting calamity. Payment of workers’ salaries energises the economy.
“We saw this recession early and made agriculture one of the pillars of our administration.
“This is why we have been paying our workers. It is wicked to owe workers at a time like this.
“People should embrace risk management. That is the solution to disaster, especially in a recession.
“No recession lasts less than 18 months, so we need to wake up. The naira is moving to N500 per dollar.
“We need to secure our certificates and other valuables of ours so that nothing will happen to them overnight. That’s the way to survive in a recession.”
He said as a proactive governor his administration foresaw the trouble and embarked on preemptive measures such as investment in agriculture.