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Labour Confers Award On Imoke

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CALABAR, May 02, (THEWILL) - The organized labour in Cross River State has conferred on the State Governor, Senator Liyel, the Most Labour-Friendly Governor (LFG) of the year.

Presenting the joint award to the honoree during a state banquet organized in honour of labour leaders in Calabar, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Njom Nyambi said the award was in recognition of the sterling leadership qualities of the governor and his demonstration of commitment to the welfare of workers in the state.

Comrade Nyambi recalled the good working relationship the state working committee has enjoyed since Imoke took over the mantle of leadership, adding that it was only pertinent for labour to reciprocate the kind gesture extended to it through numerous welfare packages.

He described the present administration in the state as the people’s government, which takes service to the larger society as a most paramount venture and pursues it diligently to actualization.

While lamenting the general perception of labour by people as enemy of the government, the labour leader urged the public to see labour as a partner in progress in the quest to moving the civil service and Cross River State to an enviable height.

On his part, the State Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Linus Usang, disclosed that it was the first time in the history of modern Cross River that labour would wine and dine with state government officials.

Usang maintained that the event would go a long way to further cement the already existed cordial relationship between government and the labour.

He called on workers in the state to reciprocate the kind gesture of the state government, which he noted was the first to implement the new National Minimum wage.

Responding, Senator Imoke, who was over whelmed with joy, thanked labour for the honour done him and promised not to rest on his oars until state workers receive a living wage that will be more meaningful than the minimum wage.

While stressing the need for the rebuilding of the middle class in civil service, Imoke noted that its presence will correct the imbalance currently being experienced in the service for a more competitive and result oriented civil service.

The Governor assured labour of his readiness to collaborate with it in building a virile work force, which will be envy of all.