Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has called for more understanding from the state workforce as they marked this year’s May Day celebration.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaiye at the event to mark the day in Akure, the state capital, Akeredolu said his administration would continue to make workers welfare its topmost priority.
”Undoubtedly, in the last four years plus, we have displayed a total commitment to the welfare of our workers.
“We believe the workforce is the engine room of governance. We have placed a premium on sanitizing the civil service and depoliticizing the system.
“We have severed ties with the obnoxious practice that views all issues affecting the civil service from the prism of politics and ethnicity. Promotion and appointment of workers and Permanent Secretaries have been done as and when due, and on merit”.
According to Akeredolu, “we shall continue to pursue excellence and provide a good working environment so that the workforce will continue to function effectively”.
In his address, State Chairman of the NLC, Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole called on the governor to clear the backlog of unpaid salaries the state government is owing its members.
He also sought the financial assistance of the state government for a Nurse, Joyce Adesanmi, who went blind recently on duty at the State government’s General Hospital, Ile-Oluji, stressing that everything needs to be done to help her regain her sight.
The NLC Chairman said, “There are still some challenges facing the health sector in the state especially the Neuro Psychiatry Hospital, Akure. The facility needs very urgent attention to prevent it from total collapse in order to further the management of mental health concerns of the people.
On Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, the labour leader said, “we pray Mr. Governor to look into the issue of subvention with a view to reviewing the current arrangement of revenue generation in our tertiary institutions.
According to him:
“The need to plug leakages cannot be over-emphasised. With this done, we are assured that more revenue would be available to our members in the Higher Institutions to settle issue of gratuities and backlog of salary arrears.
“The litigation between Union and Management of RUGIPO must be looked into and the management should be mandated to obey court judgement and stop unnecessary dilly-dallying with frivolous appeals”.
The NLC chairman lauded the state government for not only engaging more workers but approved the promotion of deserving officers while many states are seeing the minimum wage as a financial burden.
On the high rate of insecurity in the country, Adeleye-Oluwole and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Helen Odofin submitted that ”the traditional warfare method being used by our military is no longer fashionable and can never resolve the current spate of insecurity in the land.
Adeleye-Oluwole said ”Nigeria, l am afraid to say, is sliding into a state of anarchy where some elements in the name of bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen daily kidnap, pick up and kill innocent citizens unchecked, is nothing short of an anarchical situation”.
Odofin on her part said that ”the level of insecurity of lives and property in the nation has gotten to a height that one continues to wonder if the country has not completely failed.
Continuing, the state TUC Chairman, Helen Odofin said:
”The innocent blood being shed on a daily basis and the high rate of those who have been rendered homeless is worrisome. We call on the Federal government to intensify effort to stem the tide of insecurity by embracing advanced technologies in fighting insurgency.
“We hasten to suggest that the President of the nation should seek help from international communities without delay by way of seeking support mercenaries”.
The event also had in attendance the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade; the APC state Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun represented by the Majority leader, Hon. Ogunmolasuyi, the Chief Imam of Akureland, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede and the State Head of Service, Pastor Niran Adeyemo, among other dignitaries.