– The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extend good wishes and greetings to all Nigerian workers
– The ruling party in a statement described Nigerian workers as key drivers of development
– The opposition party called on workers to stand up for democracy
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, April 30, extended good wishes and greetings to all Nigerian workers on this year’s May Day celebration.
The party in a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, described Nigerian workers as key drivers of development despite the challenges they face.
“Unarguably, the Nigerian worker remain one of the most dedicated, resilient and hardworking in the world. They remain a key driver of the country’s multi-facet development.
Despite challenges particularly on the economy, we celebrate Nigerian workers for staying positive and being a partner in nation-building as well as contributing towards efforts to take the country to its deserved heights,” he said.
While felicitating with the various workers unions in Nigeria, the ruling party called on labour and trade unions in the country to continue ongoing dialogue with the government aimed at improving workers salaries and general welfare.
In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also congratulated Nigerian workers on the occasion of the 2018 Workers’ Day Celebration.
The opposition party in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary, called on workers to stand up for democracy and against what it described as incessant constitutional violations and interferences.
The statement reads: “Nigerian workers must also not spare any energy in raising a strong voice against the violation of human rights and manifest insensitivity of the Buhari administration to the unabated mass killing of compatriots in Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Yobe, Borno, Plateau, Zamfara and other parts of our country by marauders and insurgents.
Our labour force must also speak out against harsh anti-people policies and the corruption ravaging the Buhari administration, leading to the collapse of our once robust economy with loss of over 24 million jobs and attendant acute hardship, poverty and destitution in our country today.
In the last three years, Nigerian workers, in all sectors, have been receiving the short end of the stick while the safety nets established by the PDP have all been eroded. Purchasing power of our workers has fallen to its lowest; the middle class has been eroded, while palliative institutions such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) set up to provide succor for workers have become cash cows for corrupt agents of the Presidency and the APC.
Furthermore, we urge our workers to defend our democracy by standing against incessant constitutional violations, interferences and invasion of the legislature and the judiciary, persecution and harassment of opposition and lack of transparency in the system.
Labour unions made a lot of sacrifices to earn the nation’s independence as well as the return of democratic rule in 1999 and must therefore stand to defend our democracy and the unity of our nation.
On our part, as a party committed to the wellbeing of all Nigerians, the PDP restates its commitment to our workers even as we salute their courage, resilience and commitment to nation building.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government said the ongoing effort to give effect to a new national minimum wage is evidence that the current administration is committed to the upliftment of the workforce.
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, said this in a statement signed by Samuel Olowookere, director of press in the ministry to mark the 2018 workers’ day celebration.
The minister pledged that the government was commitment to enhance workers’ welfare and prosperity for all citizens in the country.
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