Governor Okowa tasks labour on solution to national challenges
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has told the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to go beyond fighting for the welfare of workers and proffer solutions to general challenges facing the country.
Okowa made the call yesterday in Asaba when the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, led members of the union to visit him.“Nigeria is in such a state that we need the cooperation of all to succeed, and I think that when we get into national discourse, it is important for us to think nationally and be able to offer our ideas to government.
“I also believe that no one person has all the answers; there is a lot that the workers can actually bring to the table when it concerns national development. So, I want to plead that in the course of your engagement with government, beyond the issue of workers’ welfare, it is necessary to talk about Nigeria and its economy. It is our responsibility, contributions and prayers that will help grow this nation far beyond where it is today.
“No matter the challenges we may be facing as a country, I still see a bright future and it is going to involve the collective will to decide that we need to stay committed to this nation and to do our best to make this nation great,” Okowa said.
The governor, who commended the NLC for the congratulatory visit, attributed most of the successes recorded by his administration to the cooperation of Deltans and the organised labour.“Our workers have done a lot for us. I cannot ask for a greater partnership because I believe that they are partnering with us in all aspects of governance. I am truly proud of them.”
“I always tell them that the fact that you are partners and sitting down to talk with government does not take anything away from you; rather, it helps to provide even more help because if there is openness, there will be understanding. Sometimes changes do not occur immediately, but we can always think together and structure the implementation of whatever needs to be done and that helps in bettering the governance of the state. It also helps to improve communication between the government and workers,” the governor stated.Earlier, Wabba had said that the visit was necessary because of the friendly disposition of Okowa to issues concerning workers.
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