The Delta State government says it will continue to assist in offsetting of salaries owed council workers within its available resources.
The special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Labour and SERVICOM Comrade Mike Okeme stated this in his office when the executive members of the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ led by its Chairman Comrade Michael Ikeogwu paid him a familiarization visit.
Comrade Okeme said the state government was aware of the plight of workers at the third tier of government and expressed hope that the issue was receiving special attention stressing that now that agitators have embraced peace,oil exploration will increase and more resources that will acrue to the state will be used to address basic necessities.
He said his office was committed to ensuring that there was industrial harmony between labour and the state government and reminded workers of the need to join hands in building a new Delta where peace and development will take the centre stage.
On the legal tussle over the land where the new NUJ Secretariat was cited,the Special Adviser promised to intervene and urged those involved in land allocation to avoid giving different Certificate of Occupancy to more than one person for a piece of land.
He advised illegal land speculators and encroachers to rescind or be ready to face prosecution.
He lauded Delta State NUJ for a successful election that brought a formidable team on board and promised to continue to partner with men of the fourth estate of the realm in positive ways especially sensitizing Deltans and Nigerians on the need to uphold peace for them to reap more dividends of democracy.
The Delta State Chairman of the NUJ Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said the familiarization tour of different offices was to seek for wise counsels from opinion leaders and also strengthen the bond of unity between critical stakeholders and the union.
Comrade Ikeogwu described the Special Adviser as a bridge between government and the state work force and reminded him of the need to be proactive in all issues relating to workers before it escalates into industrial action.
He said the policy thrust of his administration was to ensure that the interest of Journalists was protected in line with the extant rules of the profession.
Among dignitaries that received the NUJ state executive during the visit were the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Comrade Jonathan Ojobu and the State Chairman of RATTAWU Comrade Onoriode Mukoro.
Reported by Ejime Udueme