The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday, urged workers to embrace the rule of law in pursuits of rights in the workplace to minimise negative consequences of incessant industrial crises.

Akeredolu gave the advice during the International workers day celebrations in Akure.

He solicited the cooperation and understanding of workers, as partners in progress, in ensuring an atmosphere of industrial peace and harmony to promote high productivity as a prerequisite for sustainable socio-economic progress.

“The welfare of workers and the people of Ondo are the priority of this government which is evidenced by frantic efforts in prompt payment of workers salaries and gradually offsetting salary arrears.

“There is a dire need particularly for workers in the state, to start thinking out of the box on how to diversify our economy from the economy from the oil dependence into agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialization on order to boost our IGR,” he said.

Akeredolu further implored the workers to cultivate a positive attitude and shun absenteeism, lateness and other unethical conducts tantamount to indiscipline and poor output in the public service.

Earlier, Mr Bala Kaigama, National President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), urged the Federal Government to create new workplaces through empowerment schemes to make real impact on the nation.

“This is the way to go if they really want to deal with insurgency, political thuggery, suicides, robbery and the general discontent towards the country,” He said.

Represented by Mr Clement Fatuase, the Secretary, Ondo State TUC, Kaigama urged the workers not to relent in their struggle for emancipation.

Also, Mrs Bosede Daramola, chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ondo State, called on governments at all levels to make concerted efforts to diversify the economy.

“We need to develop other sectors that are moribund such as agriculture, mining, tourism, sports among others in order to boost our foreign earnings,” she said.

She also said the delay tactics being adopted by the Federal Government on issue of new national minimum wage, was further punishment to workers since expiration of the current minimum wage.

“We also commend the spirited efforts of the Federal government in fighting and decimation the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents that have maligned our image among commity of nations,” she said.

Daramola further urged workers in the state to make the interest of Ondo their paramount focus.

Similarly, Mr Soladoye Ekundayo, Chairman, TUC, Ondo State Chapter, assured of readiness to partner with the state government whenever called upon.

He also urged the state government to embark on programmed to enable the teeming youths be gainfully employed.

“This will no doubt reduce rate of crime drastically and equally reduce amount of millions spent on security issues on monthly basis.

“Over reliance on statutory allocations from Abuja will not take us anywhere, hence the state government should embark on aggressive IGR drive and look inwards to expand its revenue base,” he said.

March past by Ondo State chapters of industrial unions include National Union of Pensioners, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Association of Senior Civil Servants, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, and National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Others include Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees and Nigeria Civil Service Union among others.