Labour unions must consider economic situation– Aiyedatiwa

By Adedotun Ajayi

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has urged labour unions on the importance of considering the economic climate of the country when putting forth their demands to the government.

Governor Aiyedatiwa gave this charge while presiding over the commissioning ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Shopping Complex, located along Oda road in Akure, the state capital, on Monday.

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The governor emphasized that unions should utilize collective bargaining as a means of negotiation, rather than resorting to strike threats, which should ideally be a last resort rather than their primary tool of influence.

He praised the NUT for its forward-thinking approach in constructing the complex, rather than using its members’ dues, donations, and other funds on frivolous and unprofitable endeavors.

“This complex, no doubt, will outlive the tenure of the executive members in whose term it was conceptualised, completed and commissioned. I congratulate the Nigeria Union of Teachers for the successful completion of this project” he said.

Governor Aiyedatiwa applauded the maturity exhibited by the NUT and other labour unions in the state for their responsible conduct, noting that their maturity has contributed to the maintenance of industrial peace and harmony within the state.

“As we are all aware, the major objective of any labour union is advocating better working conditions and improved welfare for their members, as this duty must be done with all sense of responsibility”

“Be rest assured that as an administration, we would not shy away from performing our basic responsibilities to all our workers. We would continue to pay salaries as and when due, give them their promotion and other incentives towards improving their welfare”. He added

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Governor Aiyedatiwa expressed his belief that the Shopping Complex would enhance the business environment for people in the vicinity and contribute to the economy of the Union, particularly in terms of revenue generation.

“Seeing different categories of businesses springing up in the State is a testament to our administration’s dedication to creating an enabling environment that encourages economic growth and enhances the quality of life for all residents. We will always provide a conducive space for businesses and foster economic development in the State”.

“Let me assure you that we will continue to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to make our dear State a safe haven for small, medium and major investments to thrive”.

Earlier, the Chairman, Ondo State wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT) Comrade Victor Amoko in his remarks said the commissioning of the NUT Shopping Complex marks not just the inception of a public venture but the inception of the dedication of an unwavering support of members.

According to him, every obstacle encountered during the project served to strengthen their resolve to turn the dream into a reality.

Comrade Amoko also emphasized that the shopping complex is more than just a physical structure; it serves as a hub of innovation, quality, and service. He further expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the venture, emphasizing that the ceremony signifies more than just the opening of a market space—it symbolizes an effort to build a vibrant and dynamic community.

He characterized Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as a steadfast supporter of teachers in Ondo, citing his background as a former educator. Comrade Amoko expressed gratitude to him for his unwavering support and consistency, while also assuring that the union will remain a reliable ally in the future.

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Governor Aiyedatiwa was accompanied by Tayo Oluwatuyi, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bayo Philip, Head of Service, Prince Segun Omojuwa, Chief of Staff, Akogun Olugbenga Omole, SA on Information, and Simidele Odimayo, SA on Health.

Labour unions must consider economic situation– Aiyedatiwa

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