The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has described employees within the state because the engine room of his growth and completion agenda whereas commending their help to his authorities
The governor made the commendation on Saturday on the 2021 employees day celebration within the state.
The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Authorities, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem defined that successes recorded to this point in his administration had been because of industrial concord offered by the state organised labour, noting that, such gave him the morale to make sure the welfare of employees even with restricted assets accessible.
“We be part of billions of employees everywhere in the world to have fun your ardour, dedication and unbridled patriotism. Might Day, for many years, symbolized a day of deep appreciation of all you’ve gotten completed in furtherance of our imaginative and prescient of progress, growth and peaceable coexistence.
“The successes now we have achieved for nearly six years was because of our fruitful relationship. Each time we’ve had moments of disagreement which is after all anticipated in the middle of human interactions and relations, you at all times enable a deep sense of circumspection and shared curiosity to information resolutions of points.
“I’ve at all times stated civil servants are the engine room of our growth and success and now we have correspondingly completed all we might with the restricted assets in direction of addressing your issues and welfare. For six years now we have paid salaries persistently and even in difficult circumstances and within the face of different competing pursuits.
“As you might have seen, now we have commenced the cost of backlog of pension and gratuities of retired major faculty academics or their subsequent of kin ranging from 1976. We are going to proceed to sort out this difficulty as assets turn out to be accessible.”
Talking earlier, the Chairperson of Nigeria Labor Congress, Akwa Ibom State, Comrade Sunny James described the 2021 employees day theme as apt, given the COVID-19 disrupted the socio-economic order within the society.
The theme of the times’ celebration is “COVID-19 pandemic, social and Financial disaster, challenges for jobs, social safety and peoples’ welfare.”
The NLC boss, nonetheless, regretted the recurring issues and calls for of the Union which had remained unattended as a result of authorities’s lack of political will and never lack of assets.
“Once we take a look at the record of annual Labour calls for, made on successive Might Days, we notice that many of the issues have continued, not due to lack of assets, however, quite due to the shortage of political will on the a part of Authorities.
“Among the points are the articles of collective Bargaining Agreements which the federal government willingly consented to with full data of all consequential monetary implications.” He stated.
He advocated the institution of the State Industrial Relations Committee(SIRC) to foster synergy between the federal government and the Labour motion in addition to a platform for the decision of labour points within the State.
In his solidarity message, the member representing Etinan, Nsit Ubium, Nsit Ibom Federal constituency on the Federal Home of Representatives, Mr. Onofiok Luke felicitated with employees within the state and known as on governments to handle the problems that at all times make them embark on strike reiterating his help to judicial and legislative autonomy
On his half, Chairman of Commerce Union Congress within the state, Comrade Dominic Abang stated Employees Day needs to be a second of sober reflection the place the welfare of employees needs to be seemed into and be improved upon.
He famous that the inflation in Nigeria has made ‘nonsense’ of the much-celebrated Federal Authorities Minimal wage as civil servants’ actual revenue has continued to fall and depreciated.
He additionally known as on the State authorities to supply a transparent growth plan for the state in addition to reserve funds for wet days.
The Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien in his remarks recommended the civil servants for his or her commitments and fervour even within the wake of the COVID- 19 pandemic.