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Workers Day: Gov Oborevwori Plans Wage Review Committee

They pledged ongoing support for his MORE Agenda and commended the governor for allocating N5.6 billion towards settling promotion arrears.

By Karo Oghenetega

Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, announced during the 2024 Workers’ Day celebration at the Cenotaph, Asaba, that his administration would establish a committee to address the demand for a salary increase amid the country’s current hardships.

Governor Oborevwori also praised the state’s workers for their support and emphasized his administration’s ongoing commitment to their welfare, including resolving any oversights in promotion arrears payments.

Governor Oborevwori said: “I have listened attentively to your requests and I have taken note of same; they are, no doubt, legitimate demands and as a responsible government, I will deliberate with my team on how best to address them within the limits of resources available to us.

“As a government, we have prioritised the welfare of our workforce because it is my belief that a happy and well motivated workforce is not only a catalyst for the growth and industrial development of any society but also the bedrock for extended family setting and communal cohesion.

“This administration has already demonstrated its commitment to the welfare of serving and retired civil servants and we will continue to do so through our policies and actions.

“This, we have exemplified by the payment of salary arrears to the state civil servants and facilitation of N40 billion facility to assist the local governments to pay the backlog of pensions and gratuity to local government workers and primary school teachers.

“However, I have taken note that some persons were omitted in the payment of promotion arrears; it wasn’t the fault of government because I was given the full list and I was told that the amount is N5.6bn and said let it be paid in four tranches and it was paid, but since the NLC Chairman has mentioned it in his speech, I will look into it.

“We are determined to deliver meaningful projects through aggressive infrastructural development as can be seen from the numerous bridges, flyovers and road construction and reconstruction, building and renovation of schools, healthcare facilities and retooling and capacity building of the workforce and human capital development in general, across board.

“My administration is determined to deliver economic prosperity and an improved standard of living to all Deltans through collaborative effort and constructive engagement with organised labour.

“Therefore, we solicit your unflinching support and cooperation to get us to this promised land and to the Delta State of our dreams.”

In a collective statement delivered by Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), representing both NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), the labour leaders expressed gratitude to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for personally attending the Workers’ Day celebration, highlighting his dedication to the welfare of workers and retirees.

They pledged ongoing support for his MORE Agenda and commended the governor for allocating N5.6 billion towards settling promotion arrears. However, they appealed to him to address the issue of workers omitted from this payment, amounting to N800 million in entitlements.

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