By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has stressed the need for constant communication between the government and labour unions in the state, to iron out issues concerning both parties.
Governor Abiodun stated this when he met the leadership of the organised labour comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
” I want to encourage the Labour Unions that we find ways and means to resolve our issues, so let there be constant communication. I recalled the issue of the Contributory Pension Reforms which for all intents and purposes was thought out in the best interest of workers. There were no ulterior motives. There was nothing I stood to gain personally, but for the fact that we thought this was an idea that the labour will be pleased with”, he noted.
The State helmsman said he was positively disposed to issues concerning welfare of workers, and will continue to support their interest, reiterating the need for workers to earn a living wage, adding that, “wage increase is good, but government also has a duty to build roads, hospitals, schools, provide potable water and electricity”.
Abiodun said his administration is vigorously pursuing its five cardinal pillars which include, Infrastructure, Social and Well-being of the people, Qualitative Education, Youth Development and Agriculture, appreciating the labour team for coming out with positive resolutions.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, said both government and labour were working towards the same goal of serving the people, debunking insinuations that labour leaders were bought over during the negotiation period.
Bankole who noted that current happening in the country has vindicated labour’s call for true federalism, lauded the State Government for redeeming its pledge, particularly for rewarding deserving teachers, saying that this would encourage others to put in their best in serving the state.