The organized Labour Unions in the State of Osun have unanimously adopted Governor Rauf Aregbesola for second term.
The labour centres, Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiation Council, under the leadership of Comrade Saka Adesiyan, Comrade Francis Adetunji and Comrade Bayo Adejumo respectively made this declaration Wednesday at the 2013 May Day celebrations held at the Government Technical College Playing Ground, Osogbo.
According to Comrade Adesiyan, Governor Aregbesola has endeared himself to the workers through the generous welfare packages his administration put in place to make life more meaningful for workers in the state.
The NLC chairman said: ‘’ Mr Governor sir, you have exhibited true love for the emancipation of the entire workforce which culminated in releasing like ‘’overflow water from the dam’’ in terms of welfare packages for the workers which we all appreciated. I enjoin all workers in the state to reciprocate the good gesture of dear Ogbeni. Some of the welfare packages released to workers are highlighted below.
A. Fulfilment of the agreement reached between Labour and Government.
B. Approval of backlog of promotion arrears.
C. Appointment of Head of Service in a very unique process.
D. Appointment of Permanent Secretaries.
E. Increase in Vehicle and Housing Loans.
F. Reconstitution of Osun State Staff Housing Loans Board and Local Government Loans Board.
G. Constitution of Pension Bureaux.
H. Increase in subvention on Car Refurbishing Loan.
I. Increase in subvention on Pension and Gratuity fund.
J. Donation of 3 brand new buses to the Labour bodies – NLC, TUC and JNC.
The list is endless!’’ He stated.
On the part of Comrade Francis Adetunji, he praised the governor for proactive measures to ensure the State of Osun is safe for residents and business. ‘’ It gladdens our heart to say we have a government in the State of Osun, with the huge investment made on security. It is crystal clear that the government is not only interested in the security of those who occupies the Government House, but in the security of lives and property of every resident. Osun is one of the states, if not the only state where you can go to bed at night with two eyes closed.’’ He noted.
Comrade Adetunji observed that in view of the giant strides of Governor Aregbesola through the transformation agenda of his administration, the State of Osun will soon be like one of the Asian Tigers and concluded that the governor should continue beyond 2014.
‘’As we celebrate a century of existence as a nation and with the strong foundation the Ogbeni is laying in our State of the Virtuous, we are optimistic that the State of Osun will be ‘’Asian Tiger’’ in Nigeria, the investor’s choice in the South of the Sahara. We say thank you to your excellency for making 2013 May Day a happy and memorable celebration for Osun workers, our loyalty and support for your government because of your good works shall transcend 2014.’’ He affirmed.
The highlight of the celebration was the colourful march past which involved artisans, various labour unions, market men and women before Governor Aregbesola who took the salute. However, majority of them were clad in t-shirt with the inscription, ‘’Osun Labour Supports Aregbesola for 2014’’.