Don’t take work­ers’ wel­fare for granted –Jakande

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Aformer Gov­er­nor of la­gos State, la­teef Jakande, has called for im­prove­ment in the wel­fare of work­ers in the state and the na­tion at large.

The el­der states­man also called on Gov­er­nor Baba­jide Sanwo-olu to work the talk on his cam­paign prom­ises, espe­cially on housing and trans­porta­tion chal­lenges that were con­fronting lagosians.

He said this when of­fi­cials of the Trade Union Congress , la­gos State Coun­cil, paid him a cour­tesy visit at his illu­peju res­i­dence.

“i am ready to work with you even as i call on the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments to take the wel­fare of the cit­i­zens at high es­teem, Nige­ri­ans de­serve the best be­cause we have a lot to take care of ev­ery­one,” he said.

Jakande, who ap­pre­ci­ated the ges­ture of the TUC coun­cil ex­ec­u­tives, promised to do all within his ca­pac­ity to project the union’s fac­tor in the front burner of the cur­rent state gov­ern­ment’s plans, adding “my door is open any­time for col­lab­o­ra­tion, let no­body take the wel­fare of work­ers for granted.”

Speak­ing ear­lier, the Chair­man, TUC, La­gos Coun­cil,

Gbenga Ekun­dayo, who re­called that the largest housing project in la­gos was done by Jakande, noted that such mas­sive projects needed to be con­sol­i­dated with other ba­sic needs of the peo­ple in the state.

Ekun­dayo urged Sanwo-olu to ex­pe­dite ac­tions in fix­ing the di­lap­i­dated road net­work around the city for easy ve­hic­u­lar move­ment.

He also ad­vised the gov­er­nor to fol­low the lega­cies of Jakande in tack­ling housing deficit, health and ed­u­ca­tion chal­lenges in the state.

He said: “The gov­er­nor is do­ing some things, but we hope to see a bet­ter la­gos than he met it. His step to

im­prove the wel­fare of work­ers is ap­pre­ci­ated, how­beit it is not yet uhuru, hence to whom much is given much is ex­pected.

“Back then, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials strive to make good name first be­fore other things fall in place but now the so­ci­ety has changed, peo­ple strive to make money any­how be­fore at­tempt­ing to make name. We charge lead­ers to do what is right for pos­ter­ity sake.”

He promised to make Year 2020 im­pact­ful and en­gag­ing for his mem­bers, seek­ing their max­i­mum co-op­er­a­tion and re­spect for dig­nity of labour, which he said must not be treated with kid’s gloves.

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