During this year’s Workers Day celebration at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri approved the immediate implementation of 2021 and 2022 promotion for local government workers, payment of 2015 to 2017 promotion arrears, and the implementation of thirty thousand naira (N30,000) minimum wage for pensioners. Senator Diri also directed the Head of Service to ensure the immediate implementation of his directive on call-duty and hazard allowances for medical and health workers.
Senator Diri acknowledged the contributions of workers to socio-economic development and said that workers remain the backbone of society. He emphasized that his administration is committed to the welfare of pensioners in Bayelsa State, and he will set up a committee to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.
“As a teacher, it is no fluke that I am known as the workers’ friend and run a labour-friendly government. There is no doubt that the aspirations of labour are best realised under a responsive and responsible government. I want to believe that in your Government of Prosperity, you have found a faithful partner to fight these issues,” Senator Diri said.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership expressed appreciation to the Diri administration for its worker-friendly policies, particularly for payment of the minimum wage in line with the circular released by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and for prompt payment of workers monthly salaries. The entire workforce honoured Senator Diri with an Award of Excellence and Platinum Peace Award for the promotion of peace and workers welfare