A former governor of ogun state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, while speaking on Friday at a meeting with the state labour leaders, urged civil servants in the state to support the All Progressive Congress(APC) governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the coming gubernatorial election.
Osoba said he would stand as a guarantor for the APC candidate so that the he won’t neglect any of his agreement to the workers, promising that Dapo will be labour-friendly if elected as governor, “I want to assure you that Dapo Abiodun will not fail you. I stand here today as a guarantor for him. He will never disappoint workers and all the people of Ogun State”, he said.
The governorship candidate also presented his programmes to the labour leaders, saying his administration will prioritize quick payment of salaries, gratuities for retirees, adding the need for the remission of the global deduction. He also promised to establish Ministry of Labour and productivity, and also affordable labour estates to aid the workers productivity and welfare.
“I’m not unaware of the growing cynicism and disbelief about promises made by political office seekers, especially in the course of the campaign. This mistrust is not unexpected given the experiences of Ogun State workers and the electorate in general over the years.
“However, in addition to my personal values that underpin all my endeavours, I always keep at the back of my mind that if my teacher parents had not been treated fairly and with dignity by government of their time, I may not be where it has pleased God to place me today not to talk of vying for the governorship seat of a state.
“Therefore, I regard my promises as sacred and solemn commitments that must be pursued with sincerity and vigour”. Abiodun stated.
He also added that if voted into power come the February, he will restructure the contributory pension scheme and introduce state and local government pension boards. He said, “My vision is to provide focused and qualitative governance that creates the enabling environment for an enduring economic development of the state and individual prosperity of our people.”
“However, the task at hand is not what an individual or even a political party alone can achieve, it requires effective engagement and collective commitment of all stakeholders, including the public service, to achieve.”
The meeting which held at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abeokuta, was graced by Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the APC’s gubernatorial election deputy candidate and other APC chieftains . It ended on a note of the NLC chairman, Comrafe Akeem Ambali, lamenting on the conditions of the workers under the present administration and pleading to Dapo to redress any injustices done to the workers and promptly addressing their demands when elected as governor.