A Civil Society Group, Coalition of Civil Society and Media Executives for Policy Stability (COCMEP), has commended the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, for setting the pace in workers’ welfare improvement in the country.
A statement issued and signed by the President of COCMEP, Innocent Okadigbo, which was made available to THISDAY monday, described the payment of the state workers’ May 2016 salary on May 1 as a “pleasant and motivating surprise” which is a great advancement from the payment of his workers’ salary between the 13th and 20th of every month.
COCMEP therefore urged the ‘worker-friendly’ governor to sustain the culture of timely and prompt payment of workers’ salary as this would multiply commitment, dedication, performance, discipline and productivity of the workers.
Okadigbo described the award bestowed by Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on the governor as ‘the most labour-friendly governor in the country’ as most befitting and truthful “because no governor has surpassed Ayade in prompt and timely payment of workers’ salary in Nigeria” further describing him as “a motivator, trail blazer, role model, galvaniser and successful manager in human resource development.”
The group leader urged erring governors and employers of labour in Nigeria to emulate the Ayade’s model in workers’ welfare matters, urging the state workers to reciprocate the kind gesture of the governor by observing public service and work ethics in their respective places of work.