Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday encouraged Nigerian workers to be more dedicated to service, noting that the growth of the economy and overall development of the nation depend largely on the degree of workers’ commitment to government policies, programmes and projects.
Saraki in a solidarity message in commemoration of this year’s May Day celebration signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, commended Nigerian workers and the organised labour movement for their contributions to the nation’s economic growth and overall development.
He said from the pre-independence era till now, the labour movement had served as the backbone for the survival of the country.
He hailed workers’ resilience and support for what he described as the change movement which brought in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to power at the federal level.
He assured workers that the Senate would continue to partner the leadership of the organised labour with a view to addressing issues of national importance such as the handling of 2016 budget process and increase of electricity tariff by the distribution companies.
He expressed hope that the economic recovery programmes of Buhari would soon bring prosperity to all workers in particular and Nigerians in general.
On his part, Dogara assured Nigerian workers of the commitment of the present administration to enhance their welfare.In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara congratulated Nigerian workers, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) for the May Day celebrations.
The International Workers’ Day was borne out of the struggle to improve workers’ rights and better working conditions, the Speaker recalled.
He added that the House of Representatives is committed to reviewing outdated and obsolete labour laws to enhance productivity among Nigerians.