By kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin
Kwara workers under the auspices of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) on Monday endorsed the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Hon. Razak Atunwa.
The chairmen, NLC and NUC in the state, Comrades Yekini Agunbiade and Kola Olumo, respectively, promised an unprecedented support for Hon. Atunwa having signed an MoU with the state government on some outstanding entitlements of workers at local government level and pensioners to which Atunwa promised to implement.
The MoU was signed by Comrade Yekini Agunbiade,(NLC), Comrade Kola Olumo (TUC), Comrade Salihu Sulyman (JNC), Comrade Toyin Salihu (NUT),Yusuf Salihu (NULGE) and Comrade Seidu Oladimeji, National Union of Pensioners (NUP).
Speaking earlier at a meeting with heads of various workers’ unions at the Labour House, Ilorin, Kwara State, Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said the Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Razak Atunwa, is the most competent and prepared candidate among contestants for Kwara State’s top seat.
Dr Ahmed who directed immediate payment of a month salary for local government workers, including pensioners, promised that all categories of workers in the state would get paid as at when due under the government of Barrister Razak Atunwa if elected.
According to the governor, “necessary machinery has been put in place by his administration to ensure an unhindered payment of N30,000 minimum wage for workers in the state by his successor.
“On my honour”, Dr Ahmed said, “among all the candidates for the governorship seat in the state, only Atunwa possesses the requisite qualifications of experience, integrity and competence to do a better job for our state”.
“Atunwa’s experiences in the executive and the legislative arms of government provide him the technical know-how to hit the ground running like a parachuter”, the governor said.
The governor who attributed the salary crisis at the local government level to shortfall in allocations assured labour leaders that any arrears that would not be paid by him would be paid by his successor.
In his remarks, Hon Atunwa pledge to abide by the decisions to pay N30,000 minimum wage and regular payments of workers salaries at both state and local government levels, including pensioners.
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