Delta pledges robust relationship with labour

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has shelved plans to commission some projects in the state due to the death of his father, Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa and Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Tim Kome Owhefere.

Governor Okowa had concluded plans to commission some completed roads, schools and other infrastructure across the state on February 2, 2021 (tomorrow) before the deceased passed on last Thursday.

Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who was accompanied by Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Olisa Ifeajika and Senior Special Assistant on Media, Nelson Egware, disclosed this during a visit to The Guardian in Lagos, saying Okowa would reschedule the commissioning of the projects.

Aniagwu said some projects due for commissioning are, the 4.5km Ubeji road and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Access Road to the Warri Refinery, Army Day Secondary School, Effurun and Ighogbadu Secondary School, Warri.

“The Ighogbadu Secondary School is the governor’s executive response to a request during a town hall meetings with the people where he assured that he would build a secondary school in the area.

“There are several projects to be commissioned in the three senatorial districts and the Okowa administration will ensure that Delta people enjoy the dividends of democracy,” Aniagwu stated.

He added that the Okowa-led government had created additional service delivery facilities and outlets to reduce distance service delivery timeline, as well as rehabilitated and re-equipping hospitals.

“The Okowa administration also initiated a contributory health insurance scheme to improve financial access to services, free healthcare for pregnant women and children under the age of five in the insurance scheme, among others,” he stated.

MEANWHILE, Delta State Head of Service (HoS), Reginald Bayoko, yesterday, restated the state government’s commitment to build robust relationship and partnership with organised labour to sustain the industrial harmony in the state.

He stated this in Asaba during a visit of National President of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Muhammed Yinusa Attahiru and executive members of the association.

He said the state government’s relationship with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) was anchored on partnership, stressing that the collaboration would be sustained for better industrial accord and productivity.

Bayoko admonished Attahiru whose visit was to formerly introduce the Association and present a request for the HOS to grant them a space to operate in the state within their jurisdiction as already done in some other states of the federation.

He also commended the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) for its understanding and cooperation with government over pending labour issues.

Bayoko who empathized with the group over their clamour for the engagement of qualified medical personnel to man the institution’s health centre, told the association to properly articulate and channel their request for government’s quick intervention particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.