Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Wednesday, advised trade union leaders in the country to constantly engage in actions that would contribute to the nation socio-economic development.
The governor gave the advice in Asaba when Mr William Akporeha, National President, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and his executive members paid him a courtesy visit.
He said that it was important for citizens, organisations and unions to work together to develop the country.
“If all the states are developed, the country will be developed.
“As a state, we are labour-friendly, we work in partnership with labour and this partnership has been beneficial to labour, the government and people of the state, especially in terms of peace and development,” he said.
He commended NUPENG for its interest to construct a 1, 000 capacity tanker park and petrol stations in the state.
“I am glad with this partnership you are extending to us to build a tanker park and filling stations.
“It will create jobs for our youths, reduce the level of accident and traffic nightmare in the Warri area, beautify our cities and increase our revenue base.
“It will also be good for our motorists that NUPENG will have petrol stations as petroleum products will be available always,” he said.
Okowa also congratulated the union on its planned 40th anniversary and accepted to be honoured with an award of excellence by the union.
Earlier, Akporeha said that the union would be presenting the governor with an award of excellence during the union’s anniversary celebration.
“The leadership of our great union finds you worthy and deserving of special award for excellent services to Delta, the workers in particular,“ he said.
He stated that the governor would be honoured on Thursday “for providing conducive and enabling environment for the growth and development of Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry.”
He disclosed that the union planned to build a 1, 000 capacity ultra-modern tanker park and mega filling stations in the state.