A former commissioner in Edo State, Hon Joseph Ikpea has called on the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and that of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Edo State to continue to work with a renewed energy aimed at making Edo great.
Hon Ikpea who stated this in a statement issued in Benin City said, “I must celebrate our teaming workers in Edo State as we join others across the country to celebrate the year 2023 Workers’ Day.
“Your efforts and conscientious working for our dear state cannot but be appreciated. Your consistency and dedication to duties despite visible unfriendly government-labour relationship.”
The former local government chairman and a governorship hopeful in the 2024 governorship election said “the civil workforce cannot be pushed aside by anyone or any government that is desirous of genuine service aimed at growing our dear state”.
“I can assure you that the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will put in place a more people focused and friendly policy that will encourage a better working relationship between the government and the nation’s workforce, which will permeate to the states, Edo inclusive.
On the issue of a federal legislation restricting our workforce in the medical profession from exiting the country without a five-year mandatory service to the nation, Dr. Joseph Ikpea said, “for as much as the purpose and intention behind the policy may be laudable, which is to curb a systematic brain drain in that sector, the incoming government would create an enabling environment that will no longer make the urge to ‘japa’ attractive to Nigerian irrespective of their profession.
“My comrades, I join you today, as always, to celebrate your commitment to service of our nation and state with assurances that with a new and fresh government in Edo State, your welfare will be of high concern to the incoming APC government. You have proven beyond any doubt that a genuine partnership with you will go a long to grow and develop our state and deliver good governance to our people.
Hon Joe Ikpea called on the state workforce to join hands with the progressive minded elements in the state as we seek a new direction of governance that is more people focused.