Governor Dickson Flags-Off Labour House Project In Yenagoa

Says Public Sector Reforms Are In The Best Interest All

Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson on Wednesday reassured labour in the state that, the current reforms in the public sector are for the overall interest of the state and called for the continued support and collaboration of labour to ensure a more harmonious and conducive industrial relationship.

Governor Dickson, who stated this during the foundation laying ceremony for Labour House, lamented that, over the years, people with computer generated certificates, ghost workers, payroll fraud, overaged and absentee workers have found their ways into the state’s payroll, pointing out that, it is important for labour to join hands with the government to clean up the system.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd R), performs the foundation Laying Ceremony for the proposed Labour House, under the watchful eyes of the Head of the State Civil Service, Rev. Thomas Zidafamor (2nd L), State Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Employment, Chief Collins Cocodia (L), Chairman, NLC, Bayelsa State, Comrade John Ndiomu (R), and others, at the Central Business District, Sani Abacha Road, Amarata, Yenagoa.

In a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Francis Ottah-Agbo, the Governor called for more support and understanding from organized labour, especially in respect of the
ongoing public service reforms, which he stressed are aimed at repositioning the workforce in the state, for greater efficiency, discipline and productivity.

He explained that, the construction of the labour house underscores the importance the state Government attaches to the organized labour, as the project is meant to motivate and boost productivity, adding that, the building would be completed within 5 months.

In his words “Today we are here to do the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the Labour House which is an initiative of our Restoration Government. This underscores the importance of organized labour to the state. I have said it before that you (labour) are the
true landlords, we are (governors) come and go.

This labour house will serve to motivate organized labour in our state, let them know their permanent place of importance in our scheme of things and the scheme of things in the state. I expect this
building to be concluded in five months’ time, and I will be here to inaugurate it.

I call for more support and understanding from organized labour, especially in respect of the ongoing public service reforms which are aimed at repositioning the workforce in the state for greater
efficiency, discipline and greater productivity. So much has gone wrong in our public service which is not entirely the fault of organized labour but the system that has allowed the rot to happen. This should not happen in any state at all, not to talk of the only state of the Ijaw Nation. The Governor of the state is not the only one with responsibility to serve our people, serving our people is a job that all of us have
undertaken to do, especially those of you who took up employment in the public service. Today I assure you all that reforms means well for the hardworking, honest workers of our state, to continue to be fairly treated by our government.”

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chief Collins Cocodia, who described Governor Dickson as a labour-friendly governor, commended him for coming up with the idea of building a befitting place for organized labour in the state.

Chief Cocodia said the governor has done so much for labour and would do more before his tenure elapses in 2020, while also appreciating organized labour’s show of understanding and support for the government, towards ensuring the successful implementation of the ongoing public service reforms in the state.

Bayelsa State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ebipre John Ndiomu said, labour is happy and grateful that Governor Dickson is embarking on the project to construct a secretariat for organized labour, despite the present harsh economic realities in the country and the state in particular.

Comrade Ndiomu explained that, Governor Dickson had wanted to embark on the project in his first tenure, but could not do so for obvious reasons, stressing that the project would promote a more cordial relationship and the continuous collaboration between labour and the government.

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