Inter-Governmental Relations: Wike Advocates Emphasis On Development
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that issues of development must always receive priority attention despite political differences.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike said, placing development above partisanship would enhance the partnership between the Federal and State Governments to transform the country.
This comes as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, described Governor Wike as an action governor, who should lead the way in the implementation of the Employment Compensation Act, brought about by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
The act according to him, would make it mandatory for employers to take care of the fundamental insurance needs of workers in the area of death, accident and emergency health needs.
He said this during a courtesy visit to the governor.
Mr Wike lauded the Minister for standing out in his leadership style, by setting aside politics to liaise with the Rivers State Government on the development of a credible insurance scheme for State Government workers.
He said: “the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has always shown maturity. A lot of people don’t differentiate between party politics and governance.”
Furthermore, he informed the Labour Minister that the Rivers state Government gives priority attention to the welfare of workers and pensioners, hence it is up to date in terms of salaries and pensions.
Wike gave an assurance that the state Government will study and buy into the NSITF programme, under the Employment Compensation Act.
Earlier, Mr Ngige had described political parties as vehicles to specific destinations where leaders are empowered to enthrone development.
According to him, the existence of political parties should not affect the delivery of developmental projects.
“Just as President Muhammadu Buhari is the father of the nation, so is Governor Wike of Rivers State, irrespective of political affiliation.