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Cross River Governor, labour meet

02 April 2014, 17:14

Cross River-  Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, called on government and labour bodies to work together to enhance revenue generation in the state.

Imoke said while there was some misunderstandings between them, these must be based on principle and in the interest of the citizenry and not sectional or selfish means.

He challenged labour to position itself to allow investments come to the state, especially in the area of agriculture because of its multiplier effects, cautioning them to ensure workers were not paid wages below the minimum line.

The governor also appealed for support to strengthen the service.

According to Imoke, labour is part of the process to bring about the expected change.

He informed the union that the state intended to introduce a mass transit scheme as practiced in some regions.

Imoke spoke after receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

He explained that there were many loopholes in the nation’s economic system which needed to be appraised for correction.

He felt members of the union should make contributions in that regard.

Imoke noted that issues on revenue allocation formula, subsidy, location of tank farms, export processing zones, exploration of quarries, the establishment of cement industries and the status of federal roads were areas where the congress could make their impact felt with the view of generating more revenue to the state.

“Revenue generation formula has to be reviewed because it creates imbalance. The location of tank farms within the Export Free Zone is not economical because despite the environmental hazard created, operators do not pay revenue,” he added.

NLC State Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, John Ushie, said they were on a maiden visit to the governor since assumption office late last year.

He remarked that they would partner the state government to enable it achieve its objectives.

– CAJ News

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