By NBF News

Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan
As part of effort to impact on the lives of workers, the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) will locate a branch of its business activities and build a guest house in Delta State.

The National President, Comrade Lateef Oyelekan, stated this when the union visited the Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, during the recent National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Asaba. He said that the move was in support of government's efforts.

'As a responsive union and being part of the efforts of our great union to compliment Delta State government to open up the state to investment opportunities, our union has resolved to embark on projects that will impact positively on the lives of workers in the state and the masses at large', he said.

He noted that a branch of solidarity venture which took off about a year at the national headquarters in Lagos will be opened in Asaba. The venture sells products from the union's employers both at wholesale and retail to the public at affordable prices.

'We also have plans to establish a guest house here in Asaba, just as the Lagos guest house has also taken off in Berger area. 'Aside this we will also construct a regional office of the union in Delta State for easy administrative work', he stated. Commending the state government on the developmental projects, the NUFBTE President said that the union had begun campaign to attract employers in the food sector to invest in Delta State.

'The response fr om the employers in this regard has been positive and encouraging.

'Very soon, some of our employers will be visiting the state to explore opportunities and possibly set up plants or factories in the state', he affirmed. Comrade Oyelekan said his union was highly encouraged by the achievements of the state government under Uduaghan.

He enumerated the achievements which include street lights extension to all major towns, construction and expansion of road; construction of a world class international airport; continuous harmonious and cordial relationship with labour unions; building of modern markets for a stress-free distribution of agricultural produce and other goods and services and also plans by the governor to install security cameras in major towns including Asaba, the state capital.

He, however, enjoined the governor to support the union in realizing the lofty dreams planned for the state through provisions of required materials. 'We are seeking the support of government in the following areas among others: allocation of plots of land in Asaba for the development of our projects; allocation of vehicle(s) to ease the mobility of our union in the state and the inclusion of our members in capacity building or industrial relations based training programmes of the state government', he requested.