- says improved workers’ welfare critical to change agenda
As workers in Nigeria mark this year’s workers’ day, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has described Nigerian workers’ as the lifeblood of every country.
Dogara, therefore, assured the workers’ of the commitment of the House to their welfare.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara, maintained that improvement in the condition of workers was critical to the change agenda of the present administration.
He stressed that the International Workers’ Day was borne out of the struggle for improved workers’ rights and better working conditions.
The speaker drew attention to the ongoing review of obsolete and outdated laws by the House, adding that, it would make life easier for people who engage in productive activities across the country.
According to him, “Workers are the lifeblood of every nation and a well trained and motivated workforce is vital to our goal of a vibrant, strong, productive and efficient economy. A modern, knowledgeable and effective workforce is at the heart of the legislative agenda of the 8th House of Representatives.
“Today, we honour those silent heroes who passed through tough conditions to deliver their best; from our teachers to our doctors to our civil servants, to our farmers, to our self employed youths and women, who eke out a living despite the harsh economic conditions of today. For their sake, we shall do all in our power and employ the necessary legislative tools to make a difference in their lives.”
He, however, congratulated the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and other labour unions and labour leaders for their sacrifices, maturity, partnership and understanding they had exhibited in the conduct of labour relations in Nigeria and wished them happy labour day celebrations.