The Edo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have pledged to sustain their support for the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.
Both unions made the pledge when members of its Administrative Council held an interactive session with the governor, at Government House in Benin City on Wednesday.
They promised that they would vote candidates that would support the developmental strides of the governor in the March 9, House of Assembly Election.
Chairman of the state chapter of NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, thanked the governor for the several worker-friendly policies and programmes he has initiated and pledged the union’s total support for the government in order to ensure that candidates who will support Obaseki’s development agenda are elected come Saturday, March 9.
“You have done enough for workers in the state and they cannot thank you enough. We get our salaries as and when due, you are paying salary arrears and we have gone around the local government councils in the state and we see your footprints,’’ Ademokun said.
Addressing the workers, Obaseki assured that as long as he remains governor of the state, no worker in the state civil service would lose his or her job.
He assured that his administration would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers and pay the new National Minimum Wage as soon as it is passed into law.
The governor appealed to the workers to support candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next Saturday’s House of Assembly election to enable him sustain the developmental initiatives he has started in the state.
“We will not go back to the days when people worked in the local councils and were not paid salaries. I will not retrench any worker, instead I will train them just as I did with teachers in the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) programme,” the governor said.
In his vote of thanks, the State Chairman of TUC, Comrade Marshal Ohue, thanked the governor and assured that workers in the state were solidly behind the governor.
The unions also presented local government executives from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state to the governor.