Use Strike As Last Option, Governor Wike Advises Labour Unions

Use Strike As  Last Option,  Governor Wike Advises Labour  Unions

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advised  labour  unions to use strike as the last option in trade disputes to stem the tide of development  challenges  witnessed  as a result of  the  frequency  of  strikes.

Governor Wike  also declared  that  the  state  government  will collaborate with NUPENG  as it develops  a Tankers Village  at Eleme with a view to taking tankers off the highways and generating revenue.

Addressing  the  National  Administrative Council  of  the  National Union of  Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) led by its President, Comrade Igwe Aches at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday,  Governor Wike said  he believes  that  workers should be allowed to unionise so that companies  and organisations  will be encouraged  to  always  consider  their welfare.

He said: “I believe  that  strikes should  serve as a last option  for unions during trade disputes. The strikes in Nigeria  are getting too many and efforts should be  targeted  at  reducing  them.”

He appreciated  the  leaders of NUPENG for calling off their strike following  his intervention, noting that  the  state  government  has already  called on oil companies  to reciprocate by recalling the sacked  workers.

The  governor  urged unions to always  work towards the development of money  spinning ventures,  to reduce their dependence  on check  off dues for survival.

While expressing happiness that NUPENG  is developing  a tankers village/Tank farm in Rivers State,  he directed the State Commissioner  for  Energy and the Special  Adviser on Lands to work  with  the  union to bring the project to fruition  and ensure the release of certificate of occupancy for the project site.

He assured  that the state government  is working  with  relevant security  agencies  to  ensure that Rivers State  remains  safe for investors. He noted that strategies have been put in place to root out criminals from the  state.

Governor Wike, however,  said that the state will work out  amnesty for criminals  and cultists who lay down their arms and embrace peace.

Earlier,  President of NUPENG,  Comrade Igwe Aches commended the  governor for his development  strides in the areas of infrastructure  and  welfare of  workers.

He thanked the governor for intervening in the conflict between  unions and oil  companies  in the state over the sack of their  members. 

Comrade  Aches informed the governor  of the tank farm being constructed  by NUPENG  at Eleme. He appealed  to the  Governor  to facilitate  the  release of the certificate of occupancy  for the project site.