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Lagos has enjoyed four years of industrial harmony, says Ambode

By Tope Templer Olaiya, Gloria Ehiaghe and Sunday Aikulola
02 May 2019   |   5:22 am
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday joined workers to celebrate this year’s May Day and commended organised labour...

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State.<br /> Photo: Twitter/ AkinwunmiAmbode

• Workers protest, demand removal of LASU VC, LASPOTECH Rector
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday joined workers to celebrate this year’s May Day and commended organised labour for its understanding and cooperation in the last four years.

He said labour under his administration ensured that the state did not witness any industrial action.

Ambode, who spoke on Another 100 Years of Jobs, Dignity and Social Justice in Nigeria at the Agege Stadium, attributed the industrial harmony in the state to maturity and cooperation of labour unions.

He commended labour for adopting alternative dispute resolution mechanisms rather than resort to industrial actions.

Ambode, who was represented by Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, said his administration since inception in May 2015, prioritised workers welfare and worked closely with union leaders to address policy and infrastructural issues.

These, he said were the bane of effectiveness and efficiency of workers in the state.

He added that beside regular training and seminars for workers in the state, government embarked on campaign of reorientation in the public service to enable workers embrace the growth mindset in place of fixed mindset that pervaded the public service.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, said he join the labour movement in Nigeria in looking forward to a future where the struggle is focused on uplifting and rewarding values such as social justice.

Speaking, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Lagos chapter, Francis Ogunremi, commended Ambode for his commitment to workers welfare, especially in prompt payment of salary, allowances and timely remittance of workers’ pensions, describing him as one of the most labour-friendly governors.

Also speaking, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Sessi Agnes Funmi, commended Ambode for his performance, saying his efforts remain a challenge for other governors to achieve.

However, the United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) has charged Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to bring ethics of good governance to bear in his administration.

The workers, who congratulated him on his victory in the gubernatorial elections, said they were resolute on the impeccability of his character, as exemplified by the antecedents of his work experience.

Lagos State Chairman of ULC, Tokunbo Korodo stated this yesterday during the May Day rally in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the workers’ day celebration was almost marred by protests as staff members of the Lagos State University LASU and Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH expressed discontent over the poor handling of the institutions.

The protesters, who stormed the Agege Stadium, demanded the removal of Vice Chancellor of LASU and Rector of LASPOTECH.