By Oladipupo Mojeed
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has vowed to improve the working conditions and reward system for civil servants in the state.
The governor met with members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to mark the annual International Workers’ Day at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Outlining his plans for rejuvenating the civil service, Governor Obaseki appreciated what he described as “the strategic place of workers in the wealth creation process” of the state.
“I have no doubt that working together and putting the interest of our state first, we can rapidly reposition our state for peace and progress,” he began.
“Be assured that this government will not take your support for granted. Our most valued asset as a government is our workers.
“Labour and Government must collaborate to assist the Local Governments to restructure so they would be better positioned to address their perennial problems of unpaid salaries and pensions, low revenue generation and poor service delivery,” he said.
He also added that it would be recidivist if the government owed salaries to workers, so he would ensure that all salaries are paid by the 26th of every month.
Civil service building
The TUC chairman, Comrade Ohue Marshall, commended the governor for his policies and urged him to devote even more attention to the civil service buildings.
On that account, Obaseki reiterated his vow to renovate the Palm House and State Secretariat, adding that the government was concluding plans for a new administrative building in the Government House.
The governor also revealed that the Civil Service Training School would be revived and the state would invest in retraining its workers before deploying cutting edge technology as a tool to enhance service delivery.
Ensuring efficiency and productivity
To accomplish his promises, the governor called on both unions to work with it in ensuring efficiency and productivity.
He said: “I, therefore, expect a partnership that would eradicate such bad practices where they exist in the public and civil services. In this way, we can build and sustain a culture of accountability, transparency and productivity”.