Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged trade unions to engage in actions that will contribute to the development of the country.
Okowa made the call in Asaba when the National President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Prince William Akporeha led the executive of the union on a courtesy visit to the governor.
According to the governor, it is important for all hands to be on deck to develop the country, adding that, “if all the states are developed, the country will be developed.”
“As a state, we are labour friendly, we work in partnership with labour and this partnership has been beneficial to labour, government and people of the state, especially in terms of peace and development,” the governor stated.
He commended NUPENG for its interest to construct a 1, 000 capacity trailer park and petrol stations.
“I am glad with this partnership you are extending to us to build a tanker park and filling stations, because, it will create jobs for our youths, reduce the level of accident and traffic nightmare in the Warri area, beautify our cities and increase our revenue base.”
“It would also be good for our motorists that NUPENG will have petrol stations as petroleum products will be available always,” he stated while congratulating the Union on its 40th year anniversary.
Governor Okowa, also, accepted to receive an award of excellence from the Union and appealed to oil companies to encourage Unionism for mutual benefits.
Earlier, Akporeha had told the governor that he will be presented with an award of excellence during the 40th anniversary celebration of the union.
“The leadership of our great union on our 40th anniversary celebration find you worthy and deserving of special award of excellent services to Delta State, the workers in particular and providing conducive and enabling environment for the growth and development of Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry.”
He used the opportunity to throw more light on the proposed 1, 000 capacity ultra-modern tankers park and mega filling stations in the state.