Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) that his administration would strive to pay salaries on a regular basis and redefine the relationship between the government and the labour force.
The governor made the assurance at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, where he outlined his plans for rejuvenating the state civil service to the delight of hundreds of workers.
He appreciated what he described as the strategic place of workers in the wealth creation process of the state, saying that he would stand with both unions and their affiliates to improve working conditions and reward systems for workers.
“I have no doubt that working together and putting the interest of our state first, we can rapidly reposition our state for peace and progress.
“Be assured that this government will not take your support for granted. Our workers are the most valued asset of government. Labour and government must collaborate to assist the local governments to restructure so they would be better positioned to address their perennial problems of unpaid salaries and pensions, low revenue generation and poor service delivery,” he said.
He restated that the state government would ensure that all salaries were paid on or before the 26th of every month.
The state TUC Chairman, Comrade Ohue Marshall commended the governor for his policies and urged him to devote more attention to the civil service buildings, to which Obaseki said the expectation of the people would be better met if the state’s most valued asset, the civil and public services, were performing effectively, efficiently and collaboratively.
He therefore, reiterated his resolve to renovate the Palm House and State Secretariat, adding that government was concluding plans for a new administrative building in the Government House.
Nonetheless, to uptick productivity in the workforce, the governor revealed that the Civil Service Training School would be revivified and the state would invest in retraining its workers before deploy cutting edge technology as a tool to enhance service delivery.
To accomplish his promises, the governor called on both unions to work with it in ensuring efficiency and productivity, as its efforts to curb waste in revenue and productivity had already doubled its internally generated revenue (IGR).