Gov. Wike Courts NLC To Secure Credible Polls In 2019
Flags off construction of ultra-modern Rivers NLC secretariat
The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sought the alliance of the organised labour in demanding for credible elections in the 2019 general elections.
Governor Wike also urged the organised labour to join other prominent leaders to seek the re-organisation of the nation’s security infrastructure for the safety of all Nigerians.
He spoke on Friday at the Government House Port Harcourt when he granted audience to the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba.
He said: “This country belongs to all of us. Labour can no longer keep quiet on critical national issues. Labour should lend her voice on the issue of the overhaul of the security architecture.
“Labour should come out strongly to ensure that the 2019 General Elections are transparent and credible. Credible polls will lead to greater service to the people by elected officials “.
The governor said that security agencies should not be seen to be stealing ballot boxes during elections, noting that such actions negatively affect the country’s image internationally.
He wondered why some leaders of the ruling party insist that performance should not be the yardstick for re-election.
“If projects cannot make people return to office, what should make people return to office?
“I know that 2019 will not be as easy as they think, because people are warming up to resist any form of political manipulation and rigging.
“Workers should show seriousness, so that votes must count”, he said.
Governor Wike assured the workers of Rivers State that his administration will continue to improve on their welfare.
Earlier, the National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba commended the Rivers State Governor for investing in the development of the state.
He said: “We have seen landmark achievements, especially in the area of projects. We also appreciate the commitment and support of the Rivers State Government “.
The NLC President commended the Rivers State Governor for the regular payment of salaries and pensions. He said the regular payment of salaries lubricates the state’s economy.
“I thank the governor for the continuous payment of salaries when others give excuses. Workers’ salaries have multiplier effect on the system”.
The NLC President urged the Rivers State Governor to use the State Chapter of the NLC to always interface with Rivers workers.
FLAGS OFF CONSTRUCTION OF ULTRA- MODERN SECRETARIAT FOR RIVERS NLC
Furthermore, Governor Wike flagged off the construction of Rivers State NLC Secretariat.
Speaking during the ground-breaking event in Port Harcourt on Friday performed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba , Governor Wike stated that the State Government will also finance the construction of the Rivers State Secretariat of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Governor Wike said that the State Government is embarking on the projects in appreciation of the cordial working relationship with Rivers workers.
He said: “We have worked harmoniously with labour. They have not troubled this administration with unnecessary strikes .
“In order to build stability, we have set up a structure that will enhance the performance of labour.
“This project must be completed by December. I don’t want to hear excuses. The contractor has been mobilised. We will also build a secretariat for the Trade Union Congress “.
He said that the Bureau for Special Projects is handling the construction of the NLC Secretariat because the administration is committed to delivery of projects in line with the approved specifications and scheduled.
He announced that the one-month salary of health workers withheld due to their illegal strike will be paid because of the intervention of the NLC President.
He added that the accumulated promotion of teachers will be released to them, while that of other workers will be addressed in due course.
Performing the flag off, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba lauded the Rivers State Governor for taking steps to improve the working condition of workers.
He said: “This will go down in history as a landmark as you are one of the governors who has worked with Labour for a better society “.
He said that the partnership between labour and the Rivers State Government will lead to faster development in Rivers State.
He said: “Once workers are happy, they will put in their best and the state will benefit in terms of development “.
The NLC President added that the congress was overwhelmed by the gesture of the Rivers State Government, which will advance the productive relationship between Labour and the Government.
“Workers and employers are supposed to be partners in progress. It is when we partner together that we will be able to deliver on our various mandates.
“This is commendable and I urge that it should continue “, the NLC President said.
Rivers State NLC Chairman, Comrade Beatrice Itubor said by constructing the Rivers State Secretariat of the congress, Governor Wike has shown goodwill, which will be reciprocated by the workers.
Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Special Projects, Alabo George Kerley said Governor Wike has enhanced governance through his projects revolution.
He said the new secretariat will be a modern three-storey building with a fortified foundation to carry five storeys.
The Rivers NLC Secretariat was gutted by fire in 2015. Since then, the congress has been operating in a makeshift apartment.
The event was witnessed by labour leaders and women groups , while different traditional dance groups entertained guests.