On this auspicious occasion of the celebration of Workers’ Day, I salute the immense contributions of workers to the overall development of the state.
In our dear state, Edo, our workers are a reflection of our unmatched creativity and high sense of industry. Edo workers rank among the best in the country and have been very supportive of my administration’s policies and programmes.
Workers’ Day is a day for taking stock of our collective input, outcomes and impact, and I am proud to say that our modest achievements could not have been possible without your full support.
In appreciation of the sacrifices of our workers coupled with our commitment to a world class work force, we have embarked on the aggressive revamp of the civil service.
As you can attest to, we are reconstructing and remodeling the state secretariat buildings so that we can give you a befitting work environment that is well equipped and dignifying.
*Our commitments to the regular payment of your salaries, pensioners’ entitlements and the clearing of the backlog of pension arrears as well as regular promotions are non-negotiable.
* We have commenced training of our workers to deepen their problem-solving skills
* Our ongoing health reforms include a health insurance scheme that will make access to quality health care easier and affordable
* The contributory pension scheme will put an end to the challenges associated with the old pension scheme. Your pension, after retiring from service, will be paid to you regularly and without any troubles.
We have commenced the migration of all tasks from the age-old analogue platform to Internet-enabled Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform to reduce the time spent on treating and processing files and responding to enquiries.
Our world class training is the first major step in this regard. Those who have gone through the training on reporting and presentation skills can attest to the exciting experience.
The over 2000 teachers who were trained on the use of technology-based teaching method, a component of Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) can now teach our students in public schools with computer tablet.
We are changing the face of work in the public sector from a drab and boring activity to an enjoyable and exciting experience.
With your continued cooperation, there will be no limit to how far we can go in transforming the Edo State public sector.
Thank you and happy Workers’ Day
Mr Godwin Obaseki, Governor, Edo State