Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has shared that his government will not allow the return of thuggery like in the past when traders and workers carried on with their daily lives in fear of bandits who harassed them in the market and their place of work under the pretense of collecting revenue for the government.
He revealed this during a meeting with newly elected officials of the Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State chapter, led by the Chairman, Mr Sunny Osayande, at the Government House, in Benin City.
His words were, “We will never go back to where we are coming from. Oredo’s monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was N7 million when I came in but today working with the union and by digitalising the process, we now earn N70 million and we can do more,”
“This is why we can now pay salaries and pensions. If I allow people on the streets to collect revenue, how will I pay salaries? I am being threatened and harassed with election, but I will ever remain focused and never be distracted as I continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Edo State.
“As a state, we have all the resources but need to manage these resources well to serve the interest of Edo people rather than serving the interest of a few. That is what I am doing; I am putting the people first,”
“I will like to commence payment of the new minimum wage immediately or as soon as possible, so setting up a technical committee made up of government officials and labour is important.”
“The greatest asset of any institution, a government or a private company is the workforce. Take away the workforce, nothing much will be achieved. As an administration, we will give priority to our workers.”