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Sunday, May 1, 2022

2022 Workers' Day: Labour leaders commend Abiodun

....says the governor has been fair to all categories of workers

By Adeola Olanrewaju

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun State, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Akeem Lasisi on Sunday commended the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on his efforts in making life more meaningful to civil servants, as well as retirees in the state.

The Labour leaders whi gave the commendations in separate remarks at this year's Workers Days celebration held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, said 
the governor has been fair and just to all categories of workers in the state.

Speaking at the celebration, the State NLC Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole 
commended  the strategic and bold step of the current administration in the state at attracting both local and foreign investments to the state in its bid to create employment opportunity and enhance the economic prosperity of the state.

He however, urged government to closely monitor the activities of some of these investors, pointing out that apart from tax  evasion, some of them engaged in unfair trade practices.

On Ogun State Strategic Transportation Master Plan, the Labour leader commended the giant stride and resourcefulness” of the government in “developing  a workable transport master plan for the state and the recently launched Gateway Bus Pilot Scheme, expressing hope that the scheme will be extended to all parts of the state.

On insecurity in the country, the NLC Chairman said, “we commend the efforts of the state government in the provision of logistics and operational materials to security agencies in the state. We call on security agencies to reciprocate the gesture of state government by ensuring proper deployment and utilization of these equipment.”

On his part, the  Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Akeem Lasisi, urged the government to “do everything possible to increase the the quarterly release of N500 million to clear the backlog of gratuities for the state pensioners.

He said, “If the past government had started the remission of N500million quarterly as being done by this government, the backlog might have been either completely offset or minimally reduced by now. So, we commend your government for being humane. We seek an upward review of the amount being remitted quarterly.”

“Yes, kudos must be given to the government for releasing the promotion letters for the 2018 and 2019 promotion exercise of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies against the old practice
whereby some sectors; most especially the teaching sector would be considered last or not even considered at all in the scheme of things. This indicated that you are conscious of the fact that promotion exercises are statutory rights of workers.” 

“The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria wishes to appreciate His Excellency for the upward review of the budgetary allocation of car refurbishment and motorcycle loans for senior and junior civil servants from N100,000 to N200,000 and N40,000 to N80,000 respectively. This new  piece of cheering news was transmitted to all concerned MDAs in a circular dated 22nd April,  2022. In spite of the downturn in the economy, our Governor has decided to be fair and just.
We say a loud thank you sir”.

“Labour is not unaware that the global economy, and in particular that of Nigeria has suffered some blows since the COVID-19 pandemic broke and the associated recession all of which have affected funds available to governments. In fact, the state government is commended for keeping faith with the state workforce, even in the face of the hard biting economic recession by not downsizing, nor embarking on salary cuts as done in other states, pointing out that this would have thrown many breadwinners out of jobs, and their children thereby facing untold hardships.”

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