“Earlier today, I took to the streets to march with Nigerian workers in the state. I cancelled all prior engagements, and identified with organised labour, because they are critical to the success of any administration. This is how much my workforce means to me.
As you may know, our state is a civil service state. Anything that affects my civil servants affects all. That is why, I ensured their welfare, motivation and growth is a priority. We cannot deliver on our campaign promises without a vibrant work force.
To ensure the civil service and indeed all workers are poised for the task of state building; we have cleared the backlog of salaries inherited, as we owe no worker in the state; we have also put in measures to ensure continuous retraining of workers, we have empowered workers’ unions, and continue to implement agreements reached with labour unions to ultimately improve workers’ welfare.
We will also continue with efforts to sanitise the state civil service, our workers’ verification exercise, and the soon to be introduced whistle blowers policy will flush out ghost workers from our civil service.
I urge all workers to remain hardworking and diligent in the discharge of their duties. I shall continue to listen to you all. Together, we will move Bauchi to greater heights.
On behalf of me and the great people of Bauchi state: Happy Workers’ Day.”