Oshiomhole urges voters to shun blackmail
The Edo State Government has called on local government workers and other indigenes to shun the blackmailers in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the state prepares for the governorship election.
A statement by the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. John Mayaki, said: “For the umpteenth time, Edo State Government is not owing workers’ salaries. Governor Adams Oshiomhole is not responsible to the payment of local government workers. If any local government is owing salaries, it is the duty of such council to pay. However, it’s a pity we lost one of our citizens on Wednesday during a PDP-induced protest. We console with the family of the deceased and our hearts go to them at this moment of grief”.
Mayaki called on the people to be vigilant, adding that some political elements wanted to pitch the people against a workers’-friendly government to achieve their nefarious political ends.
He added: “The Nigerian Labour Congress – state and national – didn’t mince words last week when they named Governor Adams Oshiomhole among two other governors, as “Workers’ Friendly Governors, who care about workers’ welfare and pay salaries as at and when due.
“It’s on record that Edo State Government has never defaulted in workers’ salaries. In the preceding month, for instance, workers received their wages before 29th. That’s not all, it’s also on record that only Governor Oshiomhole increased workers minimum wage to N25,000 since May this and he is paying just that.
“We owe it a duty to appreciate the courage of the Comrade Governor. We must support Mr. Governor to continue to do more and deliver on his goals even in our current economic realities.
“There is no magic in government, the people of Edo state know this as a fact – the transparency of this administration can testify to this but unfortunately, in an electioneering period like this and as we approached the zero-hour, the one-party anathema – the PDP is determined to railroad innocent citizens into unwarranted protest to blackmail government. This is quite wicked, callous and mindless and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.
“Permit me to recall that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a badly flattened economy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party led government and despite this gloomy story of the economy which doesn’t lend itself to easy solutions, Governor Oshiomhole is not only meeting workers’ demands and seeking their prosperity, he is building and constructing roads, schools among others non-stop.
“I urge the working class to reflect on these and shun any attempt that could take us back to the dark days of the PDP. I call on workers to continue to support Governor Adams Oshiomhole as ever, and also increase their productivity – because workers’ productivity determines how rich a society will be”.