By JOHNSON EBIGIDE
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, has called on government at all levels in Nigeria to initiate workable plans that will ensure prompt payment of retirement benefits to workers in the country.
Comrade Ikeogwu made the call at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, during the celebration of the 2021 Workers Day in Delta state.
He said the delay in the payment of retirement benefits to workers had made meritorious service laughable in the society, adding that it had added to the spate of corruption in the service, as some civil servants were no longer interested in the hard-to-come benefits, but had instead taken to unethical ways to enrich themselves while in service.
The labour leader said there was the need for the organised labour to continue to demand for better deals for workers in the country, noting that some unwholesome and inhuman practices which were introduced to the civil service during the colonial days to retard the career progression of civil servants were still in place in the country.
While commending the state government for placing high premium on the welfare of its workforce, Comrade Ikeogwu enjoined workers in the state to reciprocate the good gestures of the state government by being dedicated to their duties, as the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, was not only labour friendly, but a man who conscientiously planned for the advancement of the workforce in the state.
He thanked the Governor for the speedy completion of the NUJ Press Centre in Asaba, adding that apart from the massive infrastructural development in the state, Okowa had showcased rare managerial competence in the face of daunting obstacles.