Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday called on the labour unions in Nigeria to always exploit dialogue and mutual understanding in pressing home their demands from governments, saying this will foster industrial harmony and hasten national development.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor specifically commended the labour unions for their contributions to national growth and policies of dialogue.
The Governor spoke in Ilorin at the Harmattan School of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) held at the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS).
“I use this platform to call for constant engagements, dialogue and mutual understanding to resolve all issues between stakeholders in the labour industry. This will foster industrial harmony, improve productivity, and hasten national development,” the Governor said while declaring open the 18th edition of the Harmattan School of the NLC in Ilorin.
The theme for this year’s session is “Expanding Nigeria’s Democratic Space for Trade Union Organising in the World of Work”.
He expressed hope that the gathering will evaluate the inner workings of labour organisations and foster understanding between employers and employees in formal and informal sectors alike.
AbdulRazaq commended the Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu and his team for sustaining the age-long initiative that he called a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour-government relations.
The Governor reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the State as part of the measures to promote industrial harmony.
“I congratulate the leadership of this great Institute and the NLC leadership for this creative initiative. It is a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour government relations,” he said.
“Our administration is always committed to industrial harmony. We are committed to workers’ welfare and mutual respect at all times. I commend the labour unions in Kwara State for always reciprocating our good faith thus far. I believe we can do a lot more together in the coming years.”
AbdulRazaq urged participants to extend the knowledge from the event to others who were not present, noting “that was the way our society can reap the full benefits of this laudable programme”.
In attendance were the Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji AbdulRazhaq Jiddah; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters Abdulmumin Onagun;
NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba; Deputy National President of NLC Alhaji Najeem Yasin; State Chairman for NLC Comrade Issa Ore, representative of the Country Director for International Labour Organization (ILO) Mrs Inviolata Chinyangarara; and various delegates of Trade Union Congress from Ghana, Sirera-leone and Liberia; among other labour leaders.
Labour leaders who spoke at the occasion dwelled on the need for the labour movement to be more organised while handling issues affecting their members across the federation.
Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu, for his part, said the theme for this year’s Harmattan School is well thought-out, adding that the organised labour knows that democracy offers them a better platform to advance their struggle for decent work and decent living.
He said the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will largely be determined by labour issues like employment, wages, security of jobs and good governance, asking who among the presidential candidates are capable and ready to re-industrialise the Country, create jobs and pay workers a living wage.
He praised AbdulRazaq for doing so much to promote comfort and dignity of the State workforce, alluding to the government’s commitment to the implementation of the new minimum wage and regular payment of salaries, among other pro-labour programmes.
“Comrades, let us shine our face; don’t judge anybody by the claims or covers. Look at their contents (manifestos). What are their anticidents? What are they up to? And I am happy that we have a governor here (AbdulRazaq), my host Governor, who has been tested and trusted,” he said.
“I listened to Comrade Issa (State NLC Chairman) who confirmed that the Governor has paid the new minimum wage, including the consequential adjustment.”
NLC President Ayuba Wabba, in his keynote address, called on all employers of labour to prioritise the welfare of workers and recognise their pivotal roles towards achieving economic growth and national development.
He tasked the participants, who are labour leaders from across the country and beyond, to study well and make good use of what they might have learnt to better their leadership structures and struggles in their places of work.
Wabba specifically commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his well-known love for workers in the state.
Kwara’s AbdulRazaq Clinches Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor Of The Year 2022
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday night received the Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor of the Year 2022 Award.
Fidel Info reports that the award was presented in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island.
Commended for his institutional reforms in education and healthcare reforms, safety net programmes, infrastructural development, as well as his “purposeful leadership” that has seen people of the state benefit from dividends of democracy, the Governor won the honour alongside his colleague-Governors from Oyo, Delta, Borno, and Akwa Ibom States.
The award was presented to the Governor by former Governors Olusegun Osoba (Ogun) and Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom).
The award also had other categories, which honored great Nigerians from across all walks of life.
Businessman Aliko Dangote won the Vanguard’s Personality of the Year Award.
On the Governor’s entourage were prominent Kwarans and leading members of the ruling APC, including Senators Lola Ashiru and Suleiman Sadiq Umar; House of Representatives members Raheem Olawuyi and Tijani Ismail; senatorial candidate for Kwara Central Turaki Salihu Mustapha; Mohammed Dele Belgore SAN; LUBCON Chairman Alhaji Jani Ibrahim; and Chief Femi Sani.
Equally on his entourage are APC House of Representatives candidates Ahmed Yinka Aluko, Mukhtar Shagaya, Ahmed Saba; and Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, Otunba Ademola Adeoyin, among others.
The Governor has received several awards and recognitions for his outstanding performance since taking over in 2019.
Gov AbdulRazaq Pledges Support For Kwara Young Talent Who Built Drone
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday met with a Kwara young talent, Aliyu Musa, who built an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as drone.
Fidel Info reports that the meeting held at the Government House, Ilorin, in the presence of the Governor’s Special Assistant on Creative Industries, Abdulgafar Ahmed (Cute Abiola).
Musa, a secondary school graduate, used his skillset and resources at his disposal to build drones.
He had earlier met with the governor’s aide at Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, where he flew two drones he built by himself to the amazement and cheering of observers.
In the meeting with the Governor, Musa was commended for his efforts and putting his talent to good use.
“What you have done is very commendable. Our administration recognises young people like you who make good use of their skills. That is why we continue to invest heavily in supporting youths in the state.
“Most of our projects and policies are targeted at the youths. We want to add value to their lives so that they can contribute to state and national development. We are building the Innovation Hub, Visual Arts Centre, Sugar Film Studio. All these are investments for the young people. We will continue to provide the enabling environment and right incentives for our youths to thrive in technology, entrepreneurship, education, and others,” the Governor said.
AbdulRazaq also committed to funding Musa’s education in order to hone his skills.
He would also be supported to secure the licence that will aid his talent.
The Governor had in the past similarly supported some young Kwarans who built and designed a plane.
Again, LG Workers, SUBEB To Receive 1 Billion Salary Arrears From #2.5Billion Sure-P Refund
The Kwara State Government is again set to offset another part of the outstanding debt inherited from the past administration from another refund of Sure-P on behalf of the 16 Local Government Councils in the State.
Fidel Info reports thatThe Honourable Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon Lafia Aliyu Kora-Sabi disclosed that on the receipt of the refund, meeting was held with relevant Stakeholders for appropriation and as well disbursements.
The Honourable Commissioner further disclosed that the Sum of One Billion was set aside for the payment of outstanding arrears as done during the last tranche,Ex-Council Political Office holders (1999-2016) as well as pension and gratuity were considered.
Also some amount was set aside for Projects execution for all the 16 Local Government Councils.
It would be recalled that a similar meeting was also held among the Stakeholders when the first tranche of 3.5Billion was received.
According to the Honourable Commissioner, this gesture is a further demonstration of the transparency of the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq non-interference with funds meant for Local Government Administration in the State.
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