There are indications that the Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) may soon get a new executive earlier than scheduled, following the emergence of its current chairman, Comrade Tony Toki, as the Vice President (South South) at the recent concluded national congress of the union in Abuja.
Speaking to our reporter in Asaba, Comrade Toki noted that in view of his election as a national officer, plans are underway to either get an acting chairman pending when a formal election is conducted.
He explained that as the Vice President (South-South) of NCSU, his mandate is to oversee and coordinate the six states in the geo-political zone; Delta, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Rivers Cross River and Bayelsa.
He urged civil servants in the country to exercise patience as efforts are being made to cushion the effect of the current hardship in the country, following the commitment of the labour leaders towards the realization of the proposed new minimum wage.
Other newly-elected officers are Comrade Amarchi Lawrence, president, Mr. Sunday Adeleye and Mr. Jibrin Bamier, Deputy Presidents; and Bawa Ibrahim, National Treasurer. Others were Mr. Atikwo Habila, Vice-President, North-central; Mr. Galadi Abdullahi, Vice-President North-West; and Jerome Ilokwu, Vice-President, South-East. Also elected were Mr. Saad Gaba, Vice President, North-East; Mr. Sheolu Ademola, Vice President, South-West and Mr. Toki Tony, Vice-President, South-South.
Mr. Matazu Aliyu was elected National Auditor while Mr. Horsewill Peaceman was elected president of the NCSU at the union’s 11th National Delegates Conference. In his acceptance speech; Comrade Amaechi said the welfare of NSCU members would be the priority of his leadership.
“As an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress, our administration will support and collaborate with the congress and other affiliates in all matters affecting Nigerian workers and the masses in general. He called on members of the union to be alive to their responsibilities.
Amaechi succeeded Mr. Kiri Mohammed who was also a Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
Meanwhile, the Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Wing, Elder Joe Iyalakhue has described as a worthy initiative, the Teachers Development Centre Project, Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area by the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
The NUT scribe, in an interview with our reporter in Asaba, Monday commanded the governor for embarking on such as laudable project aimed at training and retraining teachers and other critical elements in the education sector in the state.
Governor Okowa had during the celebration of the World Teachers Day at the Cenotaph, Asaba, announced to the admiration of teachers and labour leaders at the event, approval for the building of Teachers Development Centre to strengthen the capacity of teachers for an increased productivity.
Comrade Iyalekhue, who noted that the Okowa administration has maintained cordial relationship with organized labour in the state, urged him to ensure that the project is completed early enough and put into use for the benefit of the teachers in the state.
He noted that lack of adequate training for teachers had been the bane of education development in country, adding that the Teachers Development Centre upon completion would become effective platform for manpower development for education managers in the state.
“For me as a person, the Teachers Development Centre, initiated by His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, couldn’t have come at a better time than now, given the challenges teachers are being confronted with. However, I want to appeal to him to ensure its early completion, so that teachers in the state could benefit.