Okowa Urges Workers to Adjust to Economic Realities


As Nigerian workers trooped out yesterday at their different state capitals to mark this year’s Workers Day, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said that with the dwindling revenue from the Federation Accounts, there was the need for workers to adjust to the present economic realities.

Addressing a crowd of workers in Asaba who came out under the aegis of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Governor Okowa took time to tackle all the issues raised by the union leaders and called for understanding in line with the current economic situation of the country.

“It is pertinent to note that most misunderstanding between government and workers stem mainly from breakdown in communication, which can often be resolved through dialogue and in this regard, I commend the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, including their affiliate unions in the State, for the sustained understanding and co-operation,” the Governor said.

“I need to remind all of us of the need to come to terms with the reality of our situation, especially of the dwindling federal revenue allocation.” He emphasised.

While stating that the financial realities has called for prudent management of funds, Governor Okowa asserted, “we should appreciate the fact that our obvious falling finances notwithstanding, this administration has done much in the areas of provision of qualitative education, effective healthcare service, urban renewal and roads construction among others; it is my hope and expectation that government will continue to enjoy the goodwill of workers in the steady march towards the achievement of our sustainable development objectives.”