Buhari addresses Nigerian workers, pledges to tackle socio-economic ills

FROM LEFT: PRESIDENT,TRADE UNION CONGRESS,COMRADE BOBBOI KAIGAMA; MINISTER OF FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ALHAJI MOHAMMED BELLO; MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT, SEN. CHRIS NGIGE AND PRESIDENT NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, DURING THE 2016 MAY DAY CELEBRATION IN ABUJA ON SUNDAY (1/5/16). 3278/1/5/2016/OTU/CH/NAN

The Federal Government on Sunday in Abuja assured workers that it would tackle all socio-economic ills that have troubled the nation.

President Muhammadu Buhari gave this assurance at the 2016 May Day celebration with the theme: “The Working Class and The Quest for Socio-Economic Revival”.

Mr. Buhari, who was represented by Chris Ngige, the Minister Labour and Employment, said that the government would evolve solutions to the emerging threats to the well-being of Nigerians and the realisation of sustainable development.

“For us whose main foreign exchange comes from oil, the global decline in the price of oil has further exacerbated our economic crises.

“The resultant effect of this are noticeable in government’s dwindling resources, reduction in operational capacities of most companies especially in the oil and gas sector, threats of workforce reduction by multinationals, among others.

“These developments no doubt, have socio-economic implication for the economy as well as the working class.

“I make no excuses, for this government of the APC is determined to tackle the socio-economic ills head-long.”

According to the president, development must be sustainable for it to benefit society in general.

He said it was, therefore, the responsibility of those in power to align themselves with the working class who make development possible, by generating and sustaining the momentum of positive change.

He said that the present administration would continue to seek the cooperation of labour, so that together, “we can attain the enviable heights of progress in our beloved country.

“This administration shall effect positive change in the lives of the average Nigerians, to ensure that the downtrodden are elevated.

“Most importantly, we will fight the intense pain of corruption which has enriched the very few to the detriment of the majority of Nigerians who groan under the overwhelming weight of poverty resulting from corruption.

“In this fight against corruption, I need you all to be very willing partners.

“Fighting corruption in the Public Service in particular, requires the workers to play major roles by cooperating with the government.”

The president also assured workers that the issues and request raised were already being considered and would be made public in the near future.

“I request your cooperation and understanding, as partners in progress.

“The need to ensure a conducive atmosphere devoid of incessant industrial action becomes paramount to avoid loss of man hours and accordingly promote high productivity.

“I further assure you that working together, this administration will protect workers’ rights and shall promote incentives for great productivity and hence, greater posterity,” Mr. Buhari said.

(NAN)


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