Labor leaders laud AbdulRazaq’s dedication to welfare and the development of the state.
In recognition of the labor unions’ assistance before and during the most recent general elections, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq stated on Monday that the administration will continue to place a high priority on worker welfare and preserve those interests.
The Governor greeted Nigerian workers and labor leaders on May Day, which, according to AbdulRazaq, is “grounded in the progressive and noble values of the global workforce, including in Nigeria.” The Governor made his remarks at the May Day Celebration in Ilorin.
“Great workers, this administration is your own and it will always be your own. We owe our recent election victory to God Almighty, to you the great workers and to all of the people of our state who stood for the collective aspirations to place Kwara on a path of steady, inclusive growth and collective prosperity that we represent,” Abdulrazaq said.
“I thank you very much. I reassure you that we will not drop the ball. We will continue to prioritise your welfare while also creating an environment for collective growth.” Mallam Abdulrazaq added.
Along with cabinet members, Commissioner of Police Paul Odama, Head of Service Mrs. Susan Modupe Oluwole, Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, Director General of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies Issa Aremu, and other officials, the Governor attended the event.
The gathering also included a number of current and previous labor leaders.
By implementing numerous programs and policies, AbdulRazaq promised to maximize the benefits of the previous four years. He also emphasized the importance of workers to the success of such initiatives.
“Our agenda is to consolidate on the successes of the last four years through continuous infrastructural renewal, easing of the business climate, expansion of our economic base through support for macro and microeconomic activities, especially small and medium scale enterprises, general industrial growth, growing internal revenue, improving the regime of transparency and accountability, agricultural development, combating environmental and climate crisis such as flooding, and strengthening rule of law, peace and security in the state. We cannot do this without the support of workers,” he stated.
“I acknowledge the fact that trade unions are important pillars of any democratic society. You are always key to the wider struggles for universal human rights and welfare of your members. Kwara State is known for industrial harmony and we will do our best to keep it that way within the resources available to us. Let us keep being friends and allies in our collective drive for a better Kwara.
“I am similarly appealing to the Labour unions across Nigeria to work for a seamless transition of government following the recent election cycle from which different political parties have been pronounced winners of different offices. I am not just asking you to support our government in Kwara; I am especially enjoining you to give your full support to the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
For his part, Comrade Muritala Saheed Olayinka, the State NLC Chairman, praised the Governor for prioritizing the welfare of employees and pensioners, which included timely payment of salaries and timely promotion of employees.
Recognizing the crucial responsibilities the labor movement is playing to support the local economy, he praised the whole workforce for their persistent efforts in generating the wealth of the state.
Olayinka urged the government to take immediate action on unresolved problems involving the welfare of workers in various economic sectors.
Comrade Joseph Tunde, the chairman of the state TUC, praised Governor AbdulRazaq for his significant progress on worker welfare and infrastructure development and urged him with doing more under the current administration.