By Our Correspondent
The Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade has been rated as Nigeria’s most labor-friendly Governor.
Chairman, Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade John Ushie disclosed this when he led executive members of the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Public Service Negotiating Council, in the state on a courtesy call on the governor at the State Executive Council Chambers in Calabar yesterday.
Ushie disclosed that arrangements have been concluded to honour Governor Ayade with an Award in May, 2016.
“The Organized Labor has resolved to single you out in the whole Nigeria and West Africa as the Digital and Best-Labor Friendly Governor. We have resolved that on May Day, we shall formally honor you with an award”, Ushie asserted, explaining that Ayade was chosen for the award for a number of reasons which include prompt payment of workers salary and the courage and foresight to embark on economy changing projects like the 260km superhighway, the Bakassi Deep Seaport, the Calabar Garment and Textile Factory and the establishment of Green Police.
The NLC Chairman said, “Since your assumption of office, every 13th to 18th day of each month, workers smile home with their salaries. We have gone through the records and across all other states since our colleagues exist in all, we have also found that you have surpassed your colleagues in Nigeria and have gone far to surpass the Federal Government especially in the area of payment of salaries. ”
He reiterated the resolve of the Organized Labour in Cross River to work in harmony with the governor, prayed God to grant him the needed wisdom to steer the ship of the state, asserting that “We will not deceive you as we will speak out on anything we feel strongly about. As you know, Labor leaders cannot be coerced, and nobody will instigate us against your government. We also believe that nobody will instigate you against us.”
Responding, Governor Ayade applauded the Organized Labor in the state for the honor and promised to do more for workers in the state despite the downturn in the nation’s economy.
Ayade stated, “I thank you for all your kind words. For labor to find me worthy of an award calls for celebration because you are a people who cannot be bribed. You are not a people who can be sold, you are courageous people.”
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