NLC chairman rates Wike low for worker welfare, condemns presidential bid


THE Nigeria Labor Congress in Rivers State has said its members will not support Governor Nyesom WIke’s presidential ambitions due to alleged mistreatment of state officials.

NLC State Chairperson Ms Beatrice Itubo gave the indication during a speech on Rhythm 93.7 Port Harcourt news followed by The PUNCH on Tuesday.

Itubo accused the governor of subjecting state officials and retirees to untold hardship.

Itubo said most state secretary offices, as well as schools and hospitals, were empty because the state government refused to hire fresh staff.

“We have seen what is happening here in Rivers State. Pensioners have not received their bonus since the creation of this administration. The workers have not been promoted since the establishment of this administration.

“Everywhere in the secretariat, even schools and hospitals are empty. No workers, people are not employed. So, do you need a diviner to tell you? If a witch cries at night and a baby dies in the morning, do you need someone to tell you that the witch’s cry is related to the baby’s death? We all know that as well as I do.

“I will not, as a person, support the governor until he does what is necessary,” she said.

Itubo also called on state workers to get their permanent voter registration cards and vote for credible candidates in the 2023 general election.

“They (workers) should come forward in the 2023 election and vote for the candidates of their choice, who can put the welfare of workers first. That’s exactly what we’re saying,” she added.

“That’s the essence of this outreach that we’re in too. Charity, they say, starts at home. Let him (Wike) come home and pay retirees their gratuities, pay pension arrears , promote workers and then employ.

“The system is empty. It’s not just about fleeing here and then going to Abuja. Over there in Abuja, are you going to kill all the workers in Nigeria? Let him start it all here (Rivers) so we can give him the support. Without it, he won’t have my support,” the NLC boss said.

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