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I Won’t Take overdraft To Pay Salaries – Gov Okowa

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi Asaba

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] Delta State Chapter to tread softly over the suspension of recruitment into the state civil service.

Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

He revealed to them that he would be the last person to go for over draft to pay workers like what the last administration did.

Governor Okowa, who stated this in Asaba during a courtesy visit by the State Executive Council of the NLC, posited that he knew more than the labour leaders know on the matter, while affirming that he took the position in the best interest of the state especially when the economic situation of the state does not call for decisions based on sentiments.

“How do we 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”.

Senator Okowa, however, assured that a committee has been constituted to look into the issue with a view to determine whether there are genuine cases to be treated on their individual merit; and assured that the findings of the committee would be considered.

He affirmed the resolve of his administration to engage in regular interface with workers for increased productivity, calling for a more robust partnership between labour and government so as to promote industrial harmony, stressing 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 Chairman of the NLC, Comrade David Ofoeyeno pledged the resolve of the labour force to partner with government in ensuring improved welfare and quality working condition for civil servants in the state.

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