-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) – By Albert OGRAKA:
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Odio Bashorun Askia Ogieh, FCNA, CrFA, has felicitated with workers across the globe, as they mark Labour Day on May 1,
In a press statement, titled “When Nations Triumph Over Adversaries, It’s Down To Labour’s Sacrifice”, Odio Bashorun Askia, extolled all workers in Delta State, Nigeria and the world at large for their commitment and cooperation with the various governments, despite the Covid-19 pandemic that is presently ravaging the world and it’s economy.
While describing this year’s celebration of Worker’s Day an unusual one, due to the pandemic and eventual lockdown, the DESOPADEC boss, expressed optimism that “our society does not waiver in its firm belief that we will bounce back” because of the “resilient and dedicated labour force,” especially the DESOPADEC workforce which he described as “the pride of the Commission.”
He however assured that the management of DESOPADEC, under his watch will continue to prioritise the safety and welfare of the Commission’s workforce, even as the fight against Covid 19 is sustained in adherence to the guidelines of the relevant health authorities.
Odio Bashorun Askia urged them to continue to support the administration of the foremost labour-friendly governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, for his commitment to improving the lot of workers in Delta State.
The statement signed by Bashorun Askia Ogieh, and made available to Blank NEWS Online by Mr. Sunny Areh, Special Assistant, Media and Strategic Communication to the DESOPADEC MD/CEO reads:
“In the past four weeks in Nigeria and much longer in other climes, our economy has been shut down by a most vicious and deadly, yet invincible enemy. Since the advent of COVID-19, our economy has been in a lockdown. Companies have been shut, jobs have been lost and, tragically, lives have been lost too.
“It is against this backdrop that makes this year’s celebration of Worker’s Day an unusual one.
“But in the midst of all the tribulations, our society does not waiver in its firm belief that we will bounce back. That faith is anchored on the resilient and dedicated labour force the country, especially DESOPADEC is endowed with.
“From medical doctors, nurses and medical personnel that have been on the front line in the battle against the Coronavirus through all the technical and administrative hands to the sole businessman, everyone has been primed to join the war, win it and get our country going again.
“Here at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), our workforce has been the pride of the Commission. You have all made sacrifices and exceeded the call of duty. On behalf on the Board and Management, I heartily congratulate you on this year’s Labour Day.
“As normalcy gradually returns to our country, we must not drop our guard in the fight against Covid 19. It remains a deadly foe and we must continue to adhere to the guidelines given by the relevant health authorities. The management of DESOPADEC under my watch will continue to prioritise the safety and welfare of the Commission’s workforce. Every working tool necessary to secure the health and safety of workers will be provided.
“I urge you to continue to support the administration of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Governor of Delta State and foremost labour-friendly governor. He is unwavering in his commitment to improving the lot of workers in Delta State.
“Once again, I congratulate the leadership and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and, especially, the staff of DESOPADEC on today’s Labour Day,” he stated.