African Union of Local Government Employees has given award of Grand Patron to Delta state governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for supporting effectively local government administration in the state.
The President of Nigerian Union of Local Employees Ibrahim Khalil who announced this when he led a delegation of the national Executive of the association to pay the governor a courtesy call in Asaba said the award of Grand Patron was bestowed on the governor for encouraging local government in the state to develop the grassroots.
Mr. Khalil described Uduaghan as a labour friendly governor especially for ensuring that there was harmonious relationship between the local governments and the state government.
He explained that the governor merited the award because of his people oriented projects even as he noted that Dr Uduaghan’s good gesture were worthy of emulation.
The NULGE President said the African Union of Local government employees searched through the length of Africa and discovered that it was only him that qualified for the award because of concrete achievement recorded at the grassroots.
Responding the state governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan promised to support the local government administration to enable it meet the needs and aspirations of the grassroots.
Dr Uduaghan said local government have crucial role to play in grassroots development and stressed the need for the staff to be innovative and dedicated to duty.
He therefore pledged his commitment towards encouraging the local government system to generate the resources required for the execution of its projects.
The governor who explained that local governments have high level performance potential said the international award to be bestowed on him by African union of local government employees would motivate him to perform better.
His words “I will continue to provide support to the local government administration and I also will respect the workers of the system. Local governments are central to the distribution of amenities at the grassroots and if properly managed will assist the state government in accelerating development”
The governor therefore enjoined union leaders in the local government system to ensure good rapport with both the state and local governments explaining that labour conflict would stall development.
“We should work together harmoniously because nothing good comes out from any form of conflict to ensure accelerated development there must be good administrative system at the grassroots”.