…with additional hands on board

By Kingsley Abavo, Benin



The Edo APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has promised to invest in the Edo State  civil service by bringing in more hands to enable Government deliver on its obligations to the greater number of the citizenry.

Addressing the workforce of the State, during a meeting with Edo workers under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) last week in Benin City, he described members of both associations as well informed and the engine room of any Government.

“I believe that in making Edo move forward, Government must invest in its workforce, we need to bring more people into the civil service”, Ize – Iyamu said as he appreciated some retired workers for compiling some of his achievements when he was in Government.

According to him, “the greatest problem we face as a people isn’t the issue of insecurity, deficiency in infrastructural development or agriculture, but the biggest problem is leadership and if we refuse to change the current leadership of our State, many of us will continue to lament”.

Recalling his achievements as Chief of Staff and Secretary to Edo State Government which earned him several awards from the NLC and TUC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said, he clearly understands the challenges facing Edo workers and told them of his developmental plan called the SIMPLE Agenda to ameliorate these challenges.

He regretted that while Edo Schools do not have teachers; ”the numbers of SSAs and SAs appointed under this Government is more than the numbers of teachers in the State”.

He recalled; “during our campaign tour, we discovered that most of our schools only have two teachers, which is abysmally poor, under an Obaseki that prides itself with EdoBEST program, … all  critical sectors in the state have all been marred by inadequate manpower”.

The APC candidate assured the workers, that “I am willing, accessible, transparent, committed and have respect for workers, therefore, I am committed to institutionalizing a better civil service, improve the welfare of workers, engage them in more training home and abroad for more efficient and effective delivery.”