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I won’t Take Overdraft To Pay Civil Servants –Okowa

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba

THE Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to thread softly over the suspension of recruitment into the state civil service.

He stated that he would be last person to go for overdraft to pay workers, as was the case during the last administration.

Okowa, who stated this on Thursday July 2, 2015 evening in Asaba during a courtesy visit by the NLC’s State Executive Council (SEC), posited that he knew more than the labour leaders on the matter.

He stressed that he took the position in the best interest of the state, especially when the economic situation did not call for decisions based on sentiments.

“How do explain a situation where workers’ salaries in the previous months were paid through bank overdraft, yet the state went ahead to engage new persons even when no vacancy exist in the service. Something is wrong. I told the former governor that there was something wrong with the process.”

Okowa disclosed that a committee had been constituted to look into the issue with a view to determining whether there were genuine cases to be treated on their individual merit.

He assured that the findings of the committee would be considered.

He affirmed the resolve of his administration to engage in regular interface with labour for increased productivity, calling for a more robust partnership between the NLC and government to promote industrial harmony.

He stressed that his administration would carry the state work force along with a view to ensuring successful implementation of its policies and programmes.

The governor assured that he was determined to provide a lasting solution to the problem confronting the Contributory Pension Scheme as part of efforts aimed at giving retired workers a sense of belonging in his administration.

Earlier, the State’s NLC Chairman, David Ofoeyeno, pledged the resolve of labour to partner with government in ensuring improved welfare and quality working condition for civil servants.

He appealed to the government to look into issues confronting the workers, such as the Contributory Pension Scheme, prompt payment of salaries, a credible pension scheme, as well as training and retraining among other demands.

While stating the commitment of workers in the state to ensure the success of the SMART agenda of the Okowa led administration, the labour leader expressed confidence in the ability of the governor to translate the prosperity policy to concrete and visible wealth for all Deltans.