As Rivers State workers join their counterpart all over the Nation to celebrate workers day, the Rivers State government said the government will continue to partner with Nigeria Labour Union for the development of the state.
Speaking at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, venue of the May Day Parade, Governor Wike enjoined the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to be part of the success story of his administration since most union members, who are technocrats in the civil service and other government functionaries are part of those who implement policies for the accomplishment of his administration’s giant strides.
Governor Nyesom Wike Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, Governor Wike further enjoined labour to always resort to engagement and dialogue rather than blind criticism and protests, as government is willing to look into their demands when properly channeled as was done in the recent Tripartite Committee meetings.
He maintained that conscious effort is being made by the Government to curtail security breaches and regretted that the NLC leader blamed the State Government for security issues which are under the control of the Federal Government.
“Labour should constructively, at all times engage Government and suggest the way forward. And commend us when we are doing the right thing. It is about partnership to ensure that our state will enjoys progress. Labour needs to look at issues and react appropriately.
“When you blame issues of banditry and insecurity on Rivers State Government, I think that is misplacement of priority and purpose.
On banditry and insecurity in Nigeria, you should know where to direct your criticism. The Federal Government controls the military, the police and all apparatus of security. You all know the efforts Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike is making in terms of logistics and proactive actions to ensure we have peace and security. You have refused to blame the Federal Government to do what they should do”, he said.
Dr. Tammy Danagogo explained that the strike embarked upon by Judiciary Staff union of Nigeria ,JUSUN have no meaning as the state government have granted full financial autonomy to the Judiciary.
The governor urged members of the union to hold their leadership responsible as the issue of autonomy does not apply in the state considering the fact that the state government does not interfere with the Judiciary arm of Government. he urged union members of JUSUN to return to work like their counterparts in Lagos and some other States, because Rivers State Government had already started the implementation of full financial autonomy for the Judiciary. He urged them to engage the leadership of the Judiciary to understand the situation and return back to work so as not to constrain the State Government to invoke the ‘ no work, no pay rule’.
The secretary to the state Government Dr Tammy Danagogo said the issue as sort by labor leaders that Government should not retain retired civil servant on contract in accordance with extant service rules should also be applicable to labor leaders.
He said labor leaders who are retired should also not seek elective positions in labor unions as what is good for the geese is also good for the Gander.
The SSG Dr Tammy Danagogo also called on Residents to stop blaming the state government for the soot in the state. also used the avenue to reveal the conspirators behind the challenges of black soot in the State and called on security agencies to rise up to the challenges of illegal oil bunkering. He charged labor leaders to hold the military, the oil company workers and the artisanry refinance’s who are conniving to destroy the environment by jeopardizing the health of Rivers people.
On her part, The Chairperson Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Rivers State chapter , comrade Beatrice Itubo appealed to the State Government to pay Demonstration Secondary Schools their over five years salary as the teachers are suffering untold hardship .
Comrade Itubo stressed that the court of Appeal has given judgement in Favour of the teachers and at such the government should obey the court and pay the teachers.
On the issue of insecurity plaguing the Nation, Comrade Itubo charged the government to live up to it’s expectation by providing adequate security for the masses.
In his address , State chairman Trade Union Congress TUC Austin Jonah condemned the recent attack on the military and the destruction of National assets noting that it will take the Nation years to recover those properties.
Correspondent ANITA OGONA report that the May Day with the theme Covid-19, Social and Economic Crisis Challenges For Decent Jobs , Social Protection and Peoples Welfare also had various leaders and Unions in attendance.
The highlight of the event was match past by workers from different chapters of the union to celebrate the day.