It also urged the government to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth of the state.
The organized labour in Bayelsa has appealed to the state government to take steps to ensure the security of lives and property in the state, especially on the waterways.
The call was contained in the address jointly presented by the state branch of NLC and TUC at the May Day celebration which took place at the Peace Park in the state capital on Wednesday.
Labour recalled the killing of 12 policemen recently on Azuzuama waterways by yet-to-be apprehended gunmen, noting that many families lost their bread winners in the incident.
The address which was read by the state chairman of NLC, Ebiuwou Obiyal, also urged the state government to take urgent steps to prevent a repeat of the hardships residents experienced during the flood disaster in 2012.
The statement urged the government to implement the recommendations of Nigeria Metrological Agency in its 2013 weather report and prepare for the impending flood.
It also urged the government to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth of the state and enforce the 60 per cent local content recommendation for employment of indigenes in companies and organisations doing business in the state.
The statement made a case for the state printing press and the Newspaper Corporation to be relocated to befitting permanent site to enable the organisations serve the state better. It requested for the payment of the six months arrears of the 18,000 minimum wage owed workers as well as other arrears owed teachers. It called on the government to upgrade facilities in the state-owned Niger Delta University and get it connected to the National Grid.
Responding, the governor, Seriake Dickson represented by his deputy, John Jonah, thanked the organised labour for working in partnership with the state government in Bayelsa. He reassured the workers that government would continue to involve and consult its workforce in the governance of the state.
On securing the waterways, the governor said that policing the creeks and waterways in the state posed enormous challenge to the state government, owing to the number of creeks and the peculiar terrain. He expressed regrets that the winding creeks often served as hide outs for criminals to perform their nefarious activities. He however gave the assurance that the government would never abandon its primary responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property of every citizen in Bayelsa.
The governor said the inadequate infrastructure in the state-owned university, School of Midwifery, and College of Education were receiving attention. He also gave the assurance that a permanent structure for the printing press was under construction, adding that a consolidated welfare package for pensioners in the state is underway.
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