We’re Committed To Virile Civil Service

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE/CLETUS NGWODO 

DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has restated the commitment of the state government to creating a responsive and virile civil service.

The governor stated this during the celebration of Workers Day anniversary held at St. Patrick’s College, Asaba yesterday.

While pledging the determination of the state government to partnering with workers to build a strong workforce, the governor however warned civil servants to eschew act of sabotage under whatever guise and leave politicking for politicians.

He said that the state government has kept faith with workers’ welfare and would continue to protect the rights of workers, who he noted remain the engine room of government. Governor Uduaghan who enumerated his administration achievements in the past five years to include building a world-class Asaba International Airport, dualisation of Ughelli-Asaba expressway, Koko free trade zone, Delta State/Obasanjo farm Ogwashi, Leisure park Udu and ICT park in Asaba among others said government has also created a conducive environment for business to thrive in the state.

He added that the state government will consolidate on the gains of the just concluded South-South Economic Summit, particularly in the area of Micro-credit with a view to creating opportunity for people to become self employed, noting that government cannot fully employ everybody.

On casualisation in the civil service, Governor Uduaghan expressed dismay that two yers after government pronouncement, abolishing casualisation,  some dishonest person  have made it impossible for their absorption into the mainstream civil service.

He said, apart from Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba and Warri, government is still confronted with the challenges of absorbing casual workers in other units which he blamed on the dishonesty of some persons in the service, saying government will deal with those making it impossible.

The governor who announced Exco approval of 10, 48–seater buses to ease movement of workers to Asaba also disclosed that vehicle loan has been approved for Academic Staff union of University (ASUU) while the differential in over taxation would be paid in May.

Speaking at the ceremony, the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Williams Akporeha said, May Day has become an avenue to celebrate work services, sacrifices, commitment and solidarity of the workforce and to take stock of problems and prospects of the organized labour in its relationship with government and other employers of labour.

While commending the state government on its achievements through the provision of an enviable Micro-credit scheme modeled to encourage the provision of improved skills acquisition for beneficiaries, the NLC boss advised that in consistence with the theme of this year’s Workers Day celebration, government should device more strategies to ensure accessibility of this scheme by more Deltans.

Comrade Akporeha who also lauded the state government for its implementation of the N18,900 minimum wage, however urged government to correct the lopsidedness and improper computation with a view to placing works on their proper economic pedestal even as he called on the government to implement the new tax regime in the state.

The state Chairman, Trade  Union congress, (TUC) Comrade Sam Dietake had called for full implementation of the contributory pension scheme in the state to enable retirees enjoy their benefits as soon as they are disengaged and which they are alive.

He also appealed to the governor to redeem his pledge to assist the TUC towards the building of the permanent secretariat of senior civil servants of Nigeria and allocation of vehicles to TUC and some of its affiliates.