THE President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that no nation can develop without a virile and agile workforce, as he hailed Nigeria’s workers for their contribution to the socio-economic development of the country.
In a goodwill message to mark the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration, Saraki praised the leadership and members of organised labour for their patriotism in opting for dialogue over industrial action in resolving trade disputes.
The senator stated that he hopes that the workers would feel encouraged to put a shift on their efforts to uplift and sustain the nation’s economy, “in view of the recent signing into law of a new minimum wage of N30,000.”
According to him, “it is trite to say that workers are the mainstay of our nation’s economy, since no policy of government, no matter how remote, will succeed without the commitment and collaboration of workers saddled with implementation. No nation can develop without a virile and agile workforce.
“Having interacted with Nigerian workers and their leadership times without number, I can say without fear of contradiction that the nation’s workforce is among the best in the continent.
“All that is left is to adequately harness their abundant talents and spirit of patriotism to further improve on the nation’s economic and political development through timely and adequate motivation, training and retraining.”
The president of Senate advised the public sector, “to work to ensure that the country realized her potentials,” asking it “eliminate tardiness, increase the level of discipline and strive to provide enabling environment for the private sector to thrive with the resultant broadening of the scope of national prosperity.”
He tasked the leadership of organised labour to discharge their responsibilities in the interest of the country and assured that government would not stop doing its best to meet the yearnings of workers through sustainable welfare programmes.