(By Paul Osuyi – ASABA)
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has once again lamented the impact of the present economic recession on Nigerian workers, saying that more Nigerians are now finding difficult to stay afloat economically.
According to him, apart from ensuring a public sector that is professionalism-driven, his administration is committed to zero tolerance for corruption.
“As encapsulated in the Delta State Medium Term Development Plan, we are irrevocably committed to the creation of an effective, efficient, highly skilled, merit-driven and integrity-based public service.
“Our goal is to build a public sector management driven by professionalism, projects performance and zero tolerance for corruption because, that is the only way we can entrench good governance in the polity and needless to say, we need the support and cooperation of the labour movement to make this goal a reality,” he said.
He commended Nigerian workers, especially, those in Delta State for their dedication to duty which have contributed in no small measure to build Delta State from its inception in 1991, stating, “through your belief, sacrifice and labour, we have made great progress as a state.”
He urged workers in the state “to continuously uphold and strengthen the values of honesty, commitment, transparency, fiscal discipline, and excellence in service delivery” to enable his administration actualize its ambitious growth plans.
Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe thanked Governor Okowa for making himself available to the organized labour, asserting that the governor has been very friendly to the organized labour.
His Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Michael Nwobodo called on the Federal Government to step up actions in checking security challenges in the country, observing that despite recession ravaging the country.