The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has commended Rivers workers for their sacrifices and productivity towards the growth and development of the state.
Dr Peterside in a message to mark this year’s Workers Day was particularly full of praises for the workers, who he says have endured difficult times and harsh labour environment under the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike and have soldiered on despite obvious challenges.
According to him, Governor Nyesom Wike has only succeeded in paying lip service to the issue of workers’ welfare without any tangible result in the last three years, adding that despite receiving huge allocations, workers are not better off. The working environment has been made hostile and there is absolutely no consideration for the average worker by Wike’s Administration.
He lamented that several workers are being owed salaries for months, while pensioners have been turned to beggars over the inability of the Wike-led administration to pay them their legitimate entitlements.
“I really sympathise with workers in Rivers state, I have heard a lot of complaints from them. Go to the state secretariat and see how so desolate the place is. Workers are really trying to give their best in difficult circumstances. No payment of arrears, no promotion, no pension, nothing,” he stressed.
“Since Wike became governor in 2015, how many times has he conducted biometric exercises for workers under the guise of all manner of things? Many workers are still been owed from the last exercises. For how long will he continue this?
The NIMASA DG tasked the workers not to relent in their efforts to make the state better while assuring them that an All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in Rivers State come 2019 will better their lots and make them fulfil their hopes and aspirations.