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Nigeria At 63: Otu Waves Olive Branch To Labour


Governor Bassey Otu

The Governor of Cross River State Sen. Bassey Otu has called on the Nigerian Labour Unions to sheath their sword and give government a chance for more deliberation. 

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had declared a total strike action nationwide with effect from October 3 protesting against the hardship workers and Nigerians are passing through especially with the removal of fuel subsidy.

The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Rt. Hon.Peter Odey during the Thanksgiving service held today the 1st of October 2023 at The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Hope Waddle Parish, Calabar to celebrate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, said, “as a government, we have pledged to prioritize the welfare and well-being of our citizens. We have promised a ‘People’s First’ approach to governance and today, I want to assure you that your commitment to the development of our state remains unwavering and we are determined to create an environment where businesses can thrive and create job opportunities for our people “

Hence, he changed the labour unions to give government a chance to address the issues.

The Deputy Governor, Peter Odey (kneeling), receiving blessings from the Prelate, His Eminence Ekpeyong Akpanika Ph.D during the ceremony.

Earlier, the Prelate, His Eminence Ekpeyong Akpanika Ph.D said it is with mixed feelings of joy and sadness that we celebrate the independence as the state of the nation calls for a reflection and both the government and people are involved in building a legacy for the next generation.

While reminiscing on the once organized state of education, transportation and vibrant middle class, he called on leaders at all levels to rise up and become generational thinkers and take actions to build a good legacy for the next generation.

The Prelate called on all to remember that what immortalizes a man is not what he does for himself, but for others noting that, greatness is not a function of possession but a function of service to God and humanity because the service you render today maybe the harvest of your child tomorrow.

He commended the Sen. Otu’s led administration for the achievements in a few months particularly the noticeably frequent evacuation of waste in the metropolis, intervention in the area of security and Her Excellency, Rev. Eyoawan Otu’s welfare visits to the home of the aged, motherless and less privileged in the society, while encouraging them to do more.

His Eminence appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency empower the youths by redirecting their energy into sports, revive the sports council. He called on the government to take advantage of the fertile land the state has to invest massively in agriculture while also encouraging technological know how to meet up with a competitive world.

He wrapped up with a prayer for the success, guidance and sustainance of this administration and for the Lord to surround the governor with men and women with vision to grow the state to the next level.


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