To Dispute Resolution
BY CLETUS NGWODO
THE Delta State Head of Service, Sir Okey Ofili, has underscored the importance of dialogue as a critical tool in resolving any issue.
Sir Ofili stated this when the state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) paid him a courtesy visit in his office yesterday.
The HOS who congratulated the new leadership of the state NLC said the organised labour in Delta State has matured rapidly considering the way and manner they present and handle labour related matters.
While assuring that government as employer of labour would continue to remain open to dialogue, Sir Ofili enjoined NLC as a representative of Labour to always find a meeting point to enable both sides explore best measures to tackle some issues.
On some issues raised by NLC, particularly, the pension matters minimum wage and tax system, the Head of Service said “as Labour you must make sure that the pension fund administration is transparent”.
He explained that the government has some fundamental challenge with the new contributory pension scheme but noted that state government is working hard to resolve the challenges
He however decried the fraudulent activities of some civil servants in relation to pension funds and warned against making demands from those retirees processing their claims after 35 years of meritorious service, saying workers are their own enemies”
On the new tax regime in the state, the State HOS noted that the National Assembly has passed a new tax bill which will become operational in April, assuring that the state government will implement it to the satisfaction of all workers.
Earlier, the Chairman of Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) Delta State, Comrade Williams Akporeha had informed the HOS that they were in his office to acquaint him with the new executive of NLC, as well as discuss some critical issues with him.
While commending the state government for implementing the federal government version of the new minimum wage, the NLC boss thanked the HOS for the robust relationship between his office and Labour in the State and urged him to extend same to the new NLC executive.
He however noted that there were observed lapse in the implementation even as he urged government to ensure that every retiree get his fair share of gratuity and pension.