LABOUR NLC raises con­cern over Stan­bic IBTC trains staff, cus­tomers Kogi lead­er­ship cri­sis on work­place en­gage­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Harcourt

The Nige­rian Labour Congress (NLC) says it is ap­palled by the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the Kogi State House of As­sem­bly “where the speaker, Hon­ourable Alfa Imam was forced out and a more com­pli­ant one in­stalled.”

A state­ment is­sued by the NLC Pres­i­dent Ayuba Wabba at the week­end stated that “the of­fence of the former Speaker was that he had ini­ti­ated a leg­isla­tive process to look into the dis­burse­ments of the Paris Club re­fund fol­low­ing non-pay­ment of salaries and pen­sions and the in­dus­trial ten­sions in its af­ter­math.”

“But the former Speaker was lucky to have got­ten off “lightly” as the House Mem­ber who moved the mo­tion for this process ended up in Plas­ter of Paris (POP) cour­tesy of the thugs dis­patched to dis­rupt the House pro­ceed­ings,” he added.

Wabba noted that the Kogi State mess rep­re­sents the height of in­tol­er­ance, im­punity, dic­ta­tor­ship and an­ar­chy and should be con­demned by all wellmean­ing Nige­ri­ans even as he called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion be­fore it spins out of con­trol.

“We call on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, com­mence in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the dis­burse­ments of bail-out funds (50% per­cent of which it had di­rected should be ap­plied to pay­ment of salaries, pen­sions and gra­tu­ities); con­tin­u­ous non-pay­ment of salaries and pen­sions; end­less staff au­dit which has be­come a con­ve­nient al­ibi for ow­ing salaries and pen­sions.

“We also be­lieve that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should be con­cerned that the state-con­trived in­dus­trial dishar­mony in the state is slowly but steadily de­gen­er­at­ing into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis as ex­em­pli­fied by the clamp down on ASUU and the state-spon­sored vi­o­lence in the House of As­sem­bly and other acts of witch-hunt in the State’s so­cio-po­lit­i­cal space,” he said.

The NLC pres­i­dent stressed that the cri­sis in Kogi State is a threat to democ­racy and should not be con­doned. Stan­bic IBTC Plc, has ad­vanced its cus­tomer re­la­tions with a sem­i­nar on work­place en­gage­ment for Hu­man Re­la­tions Man­agers (HRM) of or­ga­ni­za­tions do­ing busi­ness with the com­pany.

The sem­i­nar themed, “Em­ploy­ees En­gage­ment, Part of the Work­place Ef­fi­ciency” held in Port Harcourt at­tracted HR Man­agers from all works of lives in Rivers State.

De­liv­er­ing her lec­ture, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of H. Pier­son As­so­ci­ated Ltd and the Sem­i­nar Fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Eileen Saiyen, called on em­ploy­ers to en­gage their em­ploy­ees with pas­sion to achieve work­place ef­fec­tive­ness, ef­fi­ciency and or­ga­ni­za­tional goal.

Saiyen stated that the in­abil­ity of em­ploy­ers to give emo­tional con­nec­tion and pas­sion to em­ploy­ees is re­spon­si­ble for em­ploy­ees low per­for­mance.

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, the Fa­cil­i­ta­tor who averred that the Nige­rian work­place is re­gret­fully emo­tional said em­ploy­ees need to be men­tored so that “dis­en­gaged em­ploy­ees do not un­der­mine the ef­forts of en­gaged em­ploy­ees and spread mis­ery to every­one; so that they can move up the lad­der of en­gage­ment.”

“It is not about the num­ber of hours an em­ployee puts on the job, but the qual­ity of pro­duc­tive hours put on the job. Emo­tion­ally en­gaged em­ploy­ees put more ex­tra en­ergy in their work. In tougher times, em­ploy­ees are hap­pier, more con­tented and do bet­ter on their work than the less en­gaged worker,” she said.

She ad­mon­ished em­ploy­ers to han­dle their staff with hu­man face, say­ing “these types of em­ploy­ers must learn to at­tract and nur­ture em­ploy­ees so that they can in­crease work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

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