Ondo State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has vowed to employ all lawful means to ensure that the interests of the workers in the state are protected.
The newly elected Chairman of the Congress, Comrade Bosede Daramola made this vow while speaking with journalists at the 12th State Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the state NLC held at NUT Building, Oda Road, Akure, the state capital yesterday.
Daramola who was being elected unopposed for the second term, said the Congress had not been compromising its commitment  fighting for the proper welfare of the state civil servants, pledging not to relent in the struggle.
“It is a unanimous decision of workers to return me unopposed for second term as their chairman, I want to thank them for the confidence they reposed in me and other members of the executive and I also want to pledge to continue championing the cause of the workers in this state without minding whose ox is gored.
“I also want to say unequivocally that if need be for us to step on toes to achieve our goals for the workers of this state, we will step on toes, “she declared.
While appreciating members of the congress in the state for supporting her administration in the last four years, Daramola solicited for further support and cooperation of the members as she was starting another term, saying she would not disappoint them.
In his remarks, the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko who declared the Conference open commended the workers of the state for maintaining a robust relationship with the state government, promising that the government would continue to take the welfare of the workers as a major priority.
The Governor, who was represented at the occasion by his Senior Special Adviser on Labour Matter, Mr. Dayo Fadahunsi urged members of the congress to support and cooperate with the incoming executive of the Congress and also not to cause any division or faction among themselves.
Also speaking at the occasion, the president of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba charged the newly elected Executive to work in protecting the integrity and independence of the NLC and the labour movement in the state, tasking other state congresses to ensure that their demands from their respective government were achieved.
Represented by the former National Treasurer of the Congress, Comrade Ivor Takor, the President said, “ one task that is cut out for those states whose government owe workers and pension arrears ranging from two to several months will need to rise from this conference with an ultimatum to government to pay up, failing which all workers in the state must down tools and protest to those Governors till outstanding salaries are paid.”

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