By Clifford Christopher Solomon
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (2nd R), deputy governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo (R), NLC national president Comrade Ayuba Wabba (2nd L) and Rivers State NLC chairman, Comrade Beatrice Itubor during the courtesy visit by the NLC president to Government House Port Harcourt.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Labour House located at Igboukwu Street D-Line, Port Harcourt that was gutted by fire during the Amaechi administration leaving the NLC without a secretariat will soon stand again. Rivers State governor Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike laid the foundation ceremony of the ultra-modern secretariat on Friday June 29, 2018.
While performing the ground breaking ceremony before a mammoth crowd of workers in the state, the governor promised to address the welfare of civil servants in the state to boost their productivity as well as promotion and other entitlements due them as his government is labour friendly.
Speaking to National Point on the sideline of the event, a revered unionist Comrade Danagogo June said the secretariat took this long to be addressed because former governor, Chibuike Amaechi left no handover notes for his successor.
“When the governor took over governance in in the state there was no handover note by his predecessor Hon Chibuike Amaechi to give a direction hence some lapses in the civil service but the governor is applying administrative experience, wisdom, knowledge and understanding is winning the war against his critics”, he stated.
Continuing, Comrade June said, “the governor made the promise to build a brand new NLC secretariat and he is fulfilling it”, noting that “there are some politicians who will promise and not bother to redeem it.
He said civil servants appreciate the governor’s gesture. “We the civil servants will appreciate him by giving our best”.
He used the opportunity to revisit the issue of arrears, promotion, pension and gratuity which have been lingering for years now as he acknowledged Wike as a labour friendly governor.