Work for seamless transition of government- Gov Abdulrazaq charges labour unions
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has charged labour unions across the country to work for a seamless transition of governments following the just concluded general elections in Nigeria.
He also appealed to the unions to give full support to the president-elect, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the state government.
In his remarks during the May Day celebration on Monday, in the state, Governor Abdulrazaq said his administration will continue to prioritise the welfare of workers and protect the interest of labour unions, acknowledging their support before and during the last general elections.
He congratulated the Nigerian workers and labour leaders on the celebration of May Day, a day he said is “grounded in the progressive and noble values of the global workforce, including Nigeria”.
“Great workers, this administration is your own and it will always be your own. We owe our recent election victory to God Almighty, to you, the great workers and to all of the people of our state who stood for the collective aspirations to place Kwara on a path of steady, inclusive growth and collective prosperity that we represent,” he said.
“I thank you very much. I reassure you that we will not drop the ball. We will continue to prioritise your welfare while also creating an environment for collective growth.”
The Governor attended the event alongside Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole; cabinet members; and the Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama; Director General of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Issa Aremu.
AbdulRazaq pledged to maximise the gains of the last four years through the implementation of various programmes and policies, saying the workers would always be needed for the success of such steps.
“I acknowledge the fact that trade unions are important pillars of any democratic society. You are always key to the wider struggles for universal human rights and the welfare of your members. Kwara State is known for industrial harmony and we will do our best to keep it that way within the resources available to us. Let us keep being friends and allies in our collective drive for a better Kwara.
State NLC Chairman, Comrade Muritala Saheed Olayinka commended the Governor for according to the welfare of workers and pensioners a top priority, including prompt payment of workers’ salaries and their promotion as and when due.
Olayinka requested the government to urgently address pending issues concerning workers’ welfare across different sub-sectors of the economy.
In his own speech, the state TUC Chairman, Comrade Joseph Tunde, acknowledged AbdulRazaq’s giant strides in infrastructure development and workers’ welfare and tasked the Governor to do more in the new dispensation.