Governor Diri commends workers’ contribution to socio-economic development

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has said workers remain the backbone of society for their invaluable contributions to socio-economic development.

Governor Diri stated this during this year’s Workers Day celebration at the Peace Park in Yenagoa.

The governor said the celebration was a reminder that alongside government, they collectively fight against poverty, poor healthcare, insecurity, and underdevelopment.

He noted that as a former teacher and worker-friendly governor, his administration was in a better position to tackle the challenges that workers face.

Responding to several demands by the workers, the state’s helmsman directed immediate implementation of twenty twenty-one and twenty twenty-two promotions for local government workers.

He also directed the Deputy Governor to liaise with the councils and take the necessary action to ensure its implementation.

On the promotion arrears for the state’s tertiary institutions, Governor Diri directed the Head of Service and the Commissioner for Finance to work out modalities for payment of the twenty-fifteen and twenty-seventeen arrears.

To demonstrate his administration’s commitment to the welfare of pensioners, he assured that a special committee would be set up and chaired by the Secretary to the State Government to resolve the issue of implementation of thirty thousand Naira minimum wage.

The governor also directed the Head of Service to ascertain why his directive on call-duty and hazard allowances had not been effected and ensure its immediate implementation.

In a joint address by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), presented by the NLC Chairman, Comrade Simon Barnabas, the workers appreciated the Diri-administration for its worker-friendly policies.

They lauded Governor Diri for payment of minimum wage in line with the circular released by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission as well as for prompt payment of workers monthly salaries.

Governor Diri was honoured by the state’s workforce, with an Award of Excellence and Platinum Peace Award for the promotion of peace and workers welfare.

Presenting their demands, they requested the implementation of promotion of twenty twenty-two for state government workers, payment of promotion arrears in batches for mainstream civil servants from twenty-fifteen to twenty-seventeen, among others.