ASABA – The leadership of the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN), Delta State Chapter has applauded the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, over the distribution of 550,000 oil palm seedlings to 701 farmers across the state for the 2018 farming season.
Comrade Pemela Gbemudu, AAEUN state chairman, described the governor’s gesture as a laudable development aimed at revamping oil palm production, provide job opportunities and promote agricultural produce for export.
She said that by this bold step by the Okowa administration towards revamping the agricultural sector in line with his SMART Agenda, he had demonstrated in clear terms that he was indeed, a governor who walks the talk.
Gbemudu said: “While we applaud this development, however, we appeal to the state government to extend similar programme to rubber production and consider more women participation in the programme as the only way to bridge inequality and promote decent incomes.
“The union is equally calling on the government to support agricultural workers with safety materials like boots, eye glasses and helmets, among others. As a union we shall continue to advocate for decent work and ensure the elimination of child labour in any guise in the agriculture sector.”
She said that AAEUN would continue to advocate for the promotion of decent work, especially within the private sector, noting that one of the cardinal planks for decent work was the right to organise and sign up to a union.
She urged workers in Presco, Nsukwa and Ahabam oil mills to sign up to the union, adding that AAEUN was committed to ensuring that all workers in the agricultural sector belonged to the union.