As Benue workers join their counterparts in other states of the federation to mark the 2021 Labour Day, the state Governor, Samuel Ortom has assured them of his administration’s commitment to their welfare.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Saturday, acknowledged the contributions the workers have made to the development of the state over the years and urges them to sustain the commitment.
Ortom commended retirees of the state for their understanding and assures them that he will continue to address the issues of pensions and gratuity as funds permit.
This, according to him, the Government has already demonstrated with the domestication of the Pensions Act which is set to make the issue of outstanding pensions a thing of the past.
“Even though Benue and country at large have been experiencing difficult times, my administration has given priority to issues affecting the workers such as the regular payment of salaries since January 2018.
“My administration has also concluded arrangements with the Administrative Staff College Of Nigeria (ASCON), for the training of workers while reaffirming his commitment to ensuring that water and electricity supply remain constant at the State Secretariat as it is the case at the moment,” he said.
The Governor further restated the resolve of his administration to implementation of the State Health Insurance Scheme for the formal and non-formal sectors; a development he says will avail Benue people the opportunity to access healthcare at highly subsidized costs.
He also called for the cooperation of the workers and other Benue people with the State Government and security agencies to enable them guarantee the safety of lives and property.
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