By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ZAMFARA—MINIS-TER of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, has said the administration of President Jonathan is labour-friendly and will do everything possible in line with extant rules and regulations to improve the standard of living of all Nigerians.
The Minister stated this in a statement by Prince Samuel Olowookere, Assistant Director (Press), Ministry of Labour, in Gusau, Zamfara State, at a reception held in honour of the newly sworn-in President of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin by the Zamfara State Government.
According to Chief Wogu: “It will gladden you to hear that at the inception of this administration, Mr. President was quick to improve the life of Nigerian workers and that was exemplified in the increase in the salary of the core civil servants at the Federal level.
“Our administration is labour friendly and will continue to be labour friendly.”
The Minister extended President Jonathan’s condolence to members of the Union over the death of their former President Alhaji Gidado Hamman and extolled their ability to conduct a transition programme devoid of rancor and above all for electing Alhaji Yasin, a man whose rise to leadership of the union, he said, was free of violence.
He said: “It pained him (Mr. President) when we lost great leaders of NURTW but it is gladdening and heartening that the transition was free of rancor and this is signified by the acceptance of Alhaji Yasin by the members of his Union. It was a smooth transition and we have monitored his growth in the labour community, a growth devoid of rancor, a growth devoid of problems, a political growth within the labour community based on issues, and intellectual prowess.”
The Labour Minister canvassed support for President Jonathan’s presidential bid and urged Zamfara State indigenes to allow the good work of the President continue by declaring their support for continuity come 2011.
He also urged them to support the second term bid of the incumbent Governor Alh. Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi.
Chief Wogu said: “I want you to support the President and his administration when the time comes, God will direct you to do the needful and the needful should be toward continuity in programmes.”
Earlier in his speech, the President of the NUTRW Alhaji Yasin, appreciated the Honourable Minister for being with the Union at all times especially during its dark moment and promised the union’s unalloyed support for the administration of President Jonathan.
“I thank the Minister and assure him that our great Union the National Union of Road Transport Workers will be in partnership with his Ministry and will not do anything that will tarnish the image of this organization” Yasin declared.