The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has applauded workers in the state for their contributions in the drive for socio-economic development, noting that reforms being implemented across various sectors in the state will guarantee better days ahead for the stateâ€™s civil service.
In a statement to mark Workersâ€™ Day, observed every May 1, Obaseki said, â€œI salute the immense contributions of workers to the overall development of the state.Â Our workers are reflection of our unmatched creativity and high sense of industry.â€
The governor thanked the workers for their support to his administrationâ€™s policies and programmes, noting, â€œas weÂ take stock of our collective input, outcomes and impact, I am proud to say that our modest achievements could not have been possible without your full support.â€
He urged workers not to relent in their effort to help develop the state, adding, â€œWith workersâ€™ continued cooperation, there will be no limit to how far we can go in transforming the Edo State public sector.Â
â€œWe are reconstructing and remodelling the state secretariat buildings so that we can give you a befitting work environment that is well equipped and dignifying.Â We remain committed to regular payment of workersâ€™ salaries, pensioners’ entitlements and clearing of the backlog of pension arrears as well as regular promotions, which are non-negotiable.â€
Noting that reforms in pension management have eliminated the skirmishes witnessed in the past, he said, â€œThe contributory pension scheme will put an end to the challenges associated with the old pension scheme. Pension after retiring from service will be paidÂ Â regularly and without troubles.â€
According to him, the state has commenced training of workers to deepen their knowledge on problem-solving skills, as â€œthe training would enable the migration of all tasks from the age-old analogue platform to Internet-enabled ICT platform to reduce the time spent on treating and processing files and responding to enquiries.â€
Obaseki stressed that the â€œover 2000 teachers who were trained on the useÂ of technology-based teaching method, a component of Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) can now teach our students in public schools with computer tablets.â€ Â