By Festus Ahon
ASABA—AHEAD of this Saturday’s governorship election, organised labour in Delta State has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s second term bid, commending the governor for paying priority attention to the workers’ welfare.
Speaking at a meeting between the governor, leaders and members of organised labour in the state, the state Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Jonathan Jemirieyigbe, said: “Governor Okowa has been in the vanguard of everything that promotes the welfare of workers from the payment of salary arrears to the implementation of the new minimum wages, which is why Delta State NLC has openly come out to endorse him for a second term.”
Jemeregbe said Okowa had always put the needs of workers in the front burner, describing the relationship between state government and labour as “a success story.”
Responding, Okowa said: “I must thank the unions and all our workers for the support and understanding we received. With the prayers and the support of the workforce, Deltans and leaders across the state, we were able to consolidate on the promises that we made as a government.”
Appreciating Deltans for the support his administration received during his first tenure, the governor called for a peaceful governorship election, saying “the support I have been receiving means a lot to me.
“It makes me believe that we are on the right path; it makes me believe that in coming back for second tenure, I have the backing of the people and that is very encouraging.
“For our state to be taken to greater heights, every hand must be on deck because I cannot do it alone. Our government is not all about elections, it is about working with all Deltans directly or indirectly.
“So we need to look beyond the elections and not approach it as a do-or-die affair. Let us vote peacefully, as no election is worth the loss of lives.”