May Day: Okowa hails Delta workers, pledges improved welfare

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has lauded workers for their support and contributions to the growth and development of the state as the workers get set to mark Labour Day on May 1.

The governor in a message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Thursday in Asaba, said that the theme of this year’s commemoration: “Stop the Pandemic at Work’’, was strikingly apt.

Okowa said the theme was particularly striking because of the global fight against COVID-19.

He noted that the 2020 Labour Day was being celebrated in a peculiar atmosphere of sobriety, engendered by the prevailing pandemic, which had jolted the world.

He said the Delta Government had at the onset of the disease deployed people and resources into the battle by providing necessary facilities as well as training and retraining health workers.

The governor lauded workers for their commitment and cooperation with the State Government in the execution of its agenda, particularly the ‘Stronger Delta’ goal.

He urged workers to imbibe and internalize the new culture of personal hygiene, including the use of face masks and observance of social distancing while interacting in public.

Okowa also appealed to workers to support government in sensitizing residents, especially at the grassroots in all matters patterning to the pandemic.

He said that welfare of workers had remained in the front burner of his administration.

The governor noted that society would remain eternally grateful to health, transport and media workers as well as other people involved in the fight against COVID-19 for their sacrifices to the protection of lives.

He disclosed that to encourage workers involved in combating COVID-19, enhanced daily hazard allowances had been approved and were being paid to the workers.

Okowa also assured that government had provided personal protective facilities, hand sanitisers, washrooms, restrooms and other facilities to make work easier for people in the front lines.

“To ensure that workers have a conducive and suitable work place, we embarked on the construction of a new secretariat building in Asaba, which will be completed in a few months.

“As we mark this year’s celebration on a low key because of the COVID-19 scourge, our administration remains irrevocably committed to the welfare of workers and Deltans in general.

“To scale up our diagnostic capacity in the state, we have inaugurated a molecular testing laboratory at the Asaba Specialist Hospital.

“This is to enable us ramp up our testing of suspected COVID-19 patients’ samples and to make results of the tests to come out in shortest possible time,” he said.

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