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Wike lauds workers’ steadfastness, Okowa charges them on challenging times




Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday assured workers that they would continue to play a strategic role in his administration, maintaining they are critical to the attainment of set goals in the state’s development agenda.

Wike stated this while felicitating with Rivers workers on the occasion of the 2016 Workers’ Day celebration, with further pledge to always prioritise workers’ welfare.

His Delta State counterpart, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa however, charged them that there was a need for workers to readjust to the present economic realities.

Speaking in Asaba at the May Day rally, Okowa called for understanding in line with the current economic situation of the country.

Governor Wike urged Rivers workers to remain committed to the ideals of selfless service and development, noting that the process of massive development being witnessed across the state will be sustained.

He particularly expressed appreciation to the workers for the unflinching support that have extended to his administration since his assumption of office.

The Asaba ceremony was devoid of its usual liveliness due to the hard times as a result of the current harsh economic realities.

In fact most state workers, who complained of receiving salaries late and their counterparts at the local councils who are being owed several months of salary arrears, stayed away, taking the shine off the ceremony.

Okowa said that it was pertinent to note that most misunderstanding between government and workers stemmed mainly from breakdown in communication.

He commended the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), including their affiliate unions in the State, for the sustained understanding and co-operation.

He said, “I need to remind all of us of the need to come to terms with the reality of our situation, especially of the dwindling federal revenue allocation.”
The governor said that the present financial realities called for prudent management of funds, noting even with the obvious falling finances, his administration has done much in the areas of provision of qualitative education, effective healthcare service, urban renewal and roads construction among others.

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