We’ll never go back to the era of thuggery in Edo, says Obaseki


We’ll never go back to the era of thuggery in Edo, says Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left); Edo State Head of Service, Edo State Head of Service Mr. Isaac Ebose Ehiozuwa (2nd right); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele (right), and newly elected Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State Council, Comrade Sunny Osayande, during a meeting between the governor and newly elected executives of the state chapter of the NLC, at the Government House, in Benin City.

Edo
State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration will not
give room for a return to the era of thuggery when traders and workers
lived in fear of the activities of miscreants who harassed them in the
market and their workplaces under the guise of collecting  revenue for government.

Obaseki
made the submission during a meeting with newly elected officials of
the Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State
chapter, led by the Chairman, Mr Sunny Osayande, at the Government
House, in Benin City.

The
governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to an integrated
revenue management system, which has no room for thugs collecting
government revenue.

“We
will never go back to where we are coming from. Oredo’s monthly
Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was N7 million when I came in but
today working with the union and by digitalising the process, we now
earn N70 million and we can do more,” he said.

“This
is why we can now pay salaries and pensions. If I allow people on the
streets to collect revenue, how will I pay salaries? I am being
threatened and harassed with election, but I will ever remain focused
and never be distracted as I continue to deliver the dividends of
democracy to the people of Edo State.

“As
a state, we have all the resources but need to manage these resources
well to serve the interest of Edo people rather than serving the
interest of a few. That is what I am doing; I am putting the people
first,” he added.

Obaseki
noted that his administration will continue to prioritise the welfare
of workers in the state, stressing that regular payment of salaries was
the right of workers.

He
noted: “I will like to commence payment of the new minimum wage
immediately or as soon as possible, so setting up a technical committee
made up of government officials and labour is important.”

He
said the state government is refurbishing the old Staff Training
College and equipping it with gadgets and teaching aids to enable
workers go on training for at least once or twice yearly.

Obaseki
expressed appreciation to the immediate past leadership of the NLC led
by Comrade Emma Ademokun for creating a peaceful atmosphere for his
administration to operate with no record of industrial disharmony.

He
said, “The greatest asset of any institution, a government or a private
company is the workforce. Take away the workforce, nothing much will be
achieved. As an administration, we will give priority to our workers.”

The
newly elected Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Sunny Osayande, appealed to
the governor to extend the healthy working relationship established with
the immediate past executive of the union, to the new council.



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