Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike has advised labour unions to only resolve tor strike as the last option in trade disputes, so as to stem the tide of development challenges witnessed as a result of the frequency of strikes in the country.
“I believe that strikes should serve as a last option for unions during trade disputes. The strikes in Nigeria are getting too many and efforts should be targeted at reducing them,” Wike said, yesterday, while addressing the National Administrative Council of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, led by its President, Igwe Aches at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He appreciated the leaders of NUPENG for calling off their strike following his intervention, noting that the state government has already called on oil companies to reciprocate by recalling the sacked workers. The governor urged unions to always work towards the development of money spinning ventures, to reduce their dependence on check off dues for survival.
Governor Wike also said that the state government will collaborate with NUPENG as it develops a Tankers Village at Eleme with a view to taking tankers off the highways and generating revenue.
Earlier, President of NUPENG, Igwe Aches commended the governor for his development strides in the areas of infrastructure and welfare of workers.