Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi. has advised Labour leaders in the state to go beyond union matters and work in the overall best interest of the people of the state.
Dr Fayemi, who promised to ensure a good relationship with labour movement in the state, said he was passionate about democracy within and outside labour union.
The Governor gave the advice, Wednesday while receiving the newly elected executive members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by their leaders Comrade Kolapo Olatunde and Comrade Sola Adigun respectively.
While urging the labour leaders to use their positions in the best interest of workers, the governor said he deliberately decided not to show interest in the choice of labour leaders in the state in order to enable workers choose the leaders they can truly trust.
“It’s your job to defend workers’ rights, but your job in my view should not stop at just exclusively workers defence because you are here in the overall interest of Ekiti State and of good governance that you would benefit out of, but that the larger majority of our people would also benefit from .
“ I believe all of us have a duty to continue to work to achieve better governance in the interest of our people while also conducting yourself in a manner that you don’t loose the confidence of your constituency because that is important in a quest for good governance and sustainable development in Ekiti state.
”There is always a temptation that every politician would want to poke nose in the business of who becomes what or the other in the labour movement, I chose not to be involved in that because I believe it is in your own best interest to decide who your leaders would be. At least whoever you choose will not face the immediate attack of being the government agent and would be free to conduct himself or herself in the best interest of the movement.
“For us, we are passionate about democracy within the union and democracy outside the union and we cannot have democracy without Democrats, so as democrats yourselves, I can only commend you who have emerged as the representatives of workers in the state, you should use your position responsibly, in the interest of the workers, I have no doubt in my mind knowing your track record that both of you would work in the overall best interest not just of NLC and TUC as labour centres, but also our people in Ekiti state as a whole.
“We want a state that is known for harmonious labour relations and that can only happen if we are also able to meet the demands that you placed before us and where we are not able to do so, to explain our situation transparent and honest a manner as you can see yourself, s there will be no notion of hanky-panky that government is involved in. for me it’s a pleasure and a privilege to work with you as the new leaders and my doors will be opened, you can always get in touch with me as leaders in addition to working with those who would be primarily responsible for labour relations.” Dr Fayemi stated.
Earlier, the Chairmen of NLC and TUC, Comrades Kolapo Olatunde and Sola Adigun had assured government of robust relationship and cooperation during their tenure adding that their major objectives was to ensure the welfare and development of Ekiti state in general.
The labour leaders jointly presented some documents containing their demands to the governor to look into and address appropriately.
Also at the event were the Head of Service, Mr Deji Ajayi, the Chief of Staff, Mr Biodun Omoleye and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour and Productivity, Comrade Oluyemi Esan.
CHARGES MEDIA ON QUALITY, OBJECTIVE REPORTAGE
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has charged the media on quality and objective news reportage; urging practitioners to restore “the content and context that are fast disappearing from the media world”.
The Governor stated this on Wednesday when he received officials of the First in Africa TV Alumni Association, led by Dr Yemi Farounbi, who were on a courtesy visit to intimate him on plans for the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of first TV station in Africa.
The Governor said quality and objective news reportage is fast disappearing as the social media now feeds the public with unregulated, unverified and information majorly made up of unfounded allegations, adding that politicians are at the receiving end of unfounded allegations on the social media which seems to have gained recognition as a news medium.
“Fast news is good but fast is not necessarily quality, fast is not depth and news must reflect the five ‘Ws’ and H. – who, what, when, where, why and how. You no longer get that now. Somebody just writes on the social media and even when he knows that it is not true. There is no editor to vet it, to say that you can’t release that; have you contacted the person being accused? Has he given the other side of the story?
“That’s not what you get from the WNBS, WNTV and its products, BCOS, OSRC and BSES in their early days. They too are degenerating but we have a duty to bring them back to that quality and status they used to have in the past”, he said.
Governor Fayemi also lauded the vision of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who built the first television station in Africa. He added that the fact that the Eastern and Northern regions took a cue from the establishment of WNTV and went ahead to establish theirs respectively shows that true federalism encourages competitiveness, which is good for development.
Earlier, the leader of the First in Africa TV Alumni association and former Nigerian Ambassador to Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi had commended the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo for establishing the then Western Nigerian Television which was the first television station in Africa.
He described Awolowo as a man who opened the door of progressive politics in Nigeria by establishing many first innovations in health, education and other sectors of the economy.
Farounbi who said that Fayemi is already living up to expectation in governance, expressed satisfaction that the governor is following Awolowo’s footsteps as one of his “political offshoots”.
The former envoy explained that the visit to Governor Fayemi was to inform him of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of WNTV, which will hold later in the year. He said the celebration would reawaken the self -worth of Nigerians and their sense of creativity.
“We should learn how to celebrate ourselves and write our own history. Awolowo established the first TV station in Ibadan at a time when South Africa and many European countries did not have one. But today, many people think television is all about DSTV and probably think South Africa was the first to have a TV station in Africa, because of the way they have developed it. Now is the time to celebrate our heritage, celebrate Awolowo a man of vision and put history in proper perspectives. He added.