By Daud Olatunji
National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba has asked the Ekiti state governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi not to renege on his campaign promises and ensure the settlement of the backlog of salaries of workers and pensioners in the state.
Wabba observed that one of the major factors that worked against the outgoing government in the state during the July 14th governorship election was its failure to offset the more than six months salary and pensions of its workers. Wabba spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the inauguration of the Ultra-Modern Hall built by the leadership of the Ogun state council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) led by Comrade Akeem Adeosun.
The NLC President noted that workers everywhere would always support any government who took their welfare as priority, stressing that they are the ones who create the wealth for the government. “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate INEC for the conduct of the governorship election in Ekiti state. I want to congratulate the incoming governor. INEC played a very important role, I think that will help our politics in the future.
“I can see that one issue that played out is that the workers and pensioners in the state have not been paid salaries for the past six to eight months. What happened in Ekiti is that workers will no longer be maltreated. Fayemi should address the workers’ plight by fulfilling his promises and offsetting the salary arrears,” he added. The NLC President, who commended the NURTW in Ogun state for the foresight of venturing into such additional revenue generating property however, called on governments at all levels to ensure solid partnership with workers in the transportation sector towards ensuring solid development of the nation’s economy.
He emphasised that despite the deplorable conditions of Nigerian roads, workers at the transportation sector have continued to discharge their duties of ferrying goods and passengers from one location to another, thereby moving the wheels of the economy forward. Wabba however, charged the NURTW members to continue to work towards peace in all their parks across the nations and desist from doing anything capable of destabilising the peace already achieved within the last seven years of the Ibikunle Amosun led administration in the state.