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Aregbesola lists gains of hard work

OSOGBO— Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, yesterday, admonished the state’s workforce over being diligent at work as thousands of workers gathered to celebrate the International Workers’ Day.

A statement by the  Director, Bureau of Communications & Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the governor as saying;  “May Day is not just to commemorate workers’ struggle for emancipation, it is also to admonish and encourage us to take our work seriously; to value our work regardless of our place in the work hierarchy.

”We must realise that, through our work, we are contributing our quota to the overall development and progress of our society.”

This was even as the governor said contrary to reports in a section of the media that security agents turned back the state’s delegation to this year’s workers’ celebration in Cuba, the delegation is now in Cuba taking the advantage of the exposure to the South American country.

It was an event where the leadership of the workers in the state also commended the Aregbesola administration for its worker-friendly posture.

Aregbesola, whose entry electrified the Technical College, Osogbo, venue of the May Day celebration, waved to workers energetically as shouts of admiration rent the air when workers burst into various songs.

Reminding workers of the virtue in the dignity of labour, Aregbesola said regardless of the place of a worker in the hierarchy, he must give his very best to his duty, saying that work is the only antidote against poverty.

Debunking the insinuation that members of the state’s delegation to Cuba were turned back, Aregbesola said: “Osun State’s representatives are now in Havana celebrating with the Cubans contrary to lies being told by a section of the media.”

Chairman of Trade Union Congress, Mr. Francis Oladele, commended the governor for what he described as “his welfarist programmes.”

He said: “In the last two years of this administration, workers in the state have benefitted so much from the welfare programmes of the governor. I wish, on behalf of the TUC and NLC, to commend the governor for his administration’s welfare programmes.”

Chairman of the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Saka Adesiyan, said the May Day called serious reflection given the spate of insecurity in the country arising from the activities of terrorists; harsh economic conditions arising from fuel price increase and a host of other difficulties.

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