By Funmi Adekoya

The Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has reassured the Osun State workers that his administration is focusing on worker’s welfare because it is the duty of the government.

Governor Adeleke, who gave the assurance at this Workers Day celebration at Osogbo Township Stadium, said as a Comrade Governor, he is committed to workers’ welfare and ensuring workers’ friendly government.

He noted that workers in Osun State had passed through tough moments l of neglect and anti-labour which led to several dead and life plans disrupted.

On the issue of the appointment of Permanent Secretaries, which is one of the requests of workers, the Governor said the Head Office had been directed to look into it.

Governor Adeleke called for the collaboration of workers towards the development of the state adding that his administration is open to ideas on how to fast-track the development of the state.

In his address, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Osun State Branch, Comrade Adekola Adebowale, said there is an urgent need to declare a state of emergency in the pension department of the service noting that Workers now see retirement as a death sentence because there’s no hope of getting retirement benefits years after disengagement from active service. 

He added that the Governor should look into the issue of contract staffing as the practice is inimical to the spirit and ethics of the service and against the International Labour Organisation laws and the world’s acceptable working standards.

Also speaking, the Caretaker Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Osun State, Comrade Modupeola Oyedele called on Employers of labour to respect labour laws and end all discrimination against workers.

Highlights of the event were matched past by the workers from different union groups.

Present at the event were top government functionaries in the state, including the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Timothy Owoeye, elected members of the state Assembly, Royal fathers as well as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and dignitaries.

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