Hundreds of workers in Lagos gathered at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Sunday for a novelty game between the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the National Union of Petroleum Workers (NUPENG) to mark the May Day celebration which took place on Moday.
The game, which was decided at the Legacy Pitch produced four goals, with NUPENG beating her opponent 3-1 to the admiration of everybody, who had come to watch the pot-bellied workers entertain their fans.
Speaking on the the importance of sports in the creation of unity in the country, the National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Igwe Achese said the game was one of the activities lined up for the celebration of this yearâ€™s Labour Movement, adding that sports was listed as part of the activities because of its importance in making workers stay healthy.
â€œSports does not only unite Nigerians, it provides entertainment, and at the same time keeps workers fit.â€
NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero on his part said taking to the pitch was one way of bringing workers together under a convivial atmosphere, even as he added that workers welfare would remain a priority of organised labour.
“We need to make sports part of our daily life because of its immense health benefit. We want Nigerian workers to be healthy and this is why we organised the novelty match,” he said.