May day: Reps member demands better welfare for workers in Nigeria
- Hon Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a member of the House of Representatives, praises doctors, nurses and others as the world celebrates workers' day
- Ogbeide-Ihama wants the Nigerian government to look into issues of workers' welfare
- The lawmaker also called for the proper use of ICT in workers' administrations and operations
As Nigerians joined the world to mark the May Day celebration, Hon Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a member of the House of Representatives, has named doctors, nurses and other frontline workers as current heroes.
Ogbeide-Ihama commended the health workers across Nigeria for their sacrifice at a period of Covid-19 pandemic, saying that their labour to keep the citizens safe will never be in vain.
The legislator representing Oredo federal constituency made the declaration in a statement to commemorate this year's Worker's Day.
According to him, despite the fact that the celebration had been dampened by the pandemic, Nigerian workers deserve to be commended for their selfless service to the nation.
According to him, despite the situation and in line with this year's theme ‘Stop the Pandemic' it was important to celebrate Nigerian workers, most especially those in the health sector working to protect citizens from a ravaging enemy.
"In ideal circumstances, I should begin by saying 'Happy Workers Day'; but these are not ideal circumstances.
“The present pandemic has clouded our celebrations with an atmosphere of confusion, fear for our health and those of our families, expectations of a bleak economy post-COVID-19, and uncertainty about whether workers will still have jobs when this is over.
"We thank them for their selfless service and sacrifice, as we also thank all other workers for their dedication and commitment to driving the engine that keeps our state running," he said.
The legislator said in spite of all the negative permutations, two things remain key:
1. The spirit of the Edo worker is strong and resolute and their passion and readiness to discharge their duties is unquestionable.
2. If provided the right leadership to work with, most of the concerns mentioned earlier would not be as troubling as they are presently.
Ogbeide-Ihama further said this year's celebration presents a good opportunity for the leadership of the country to begin to re-examine the issues of workers' welfare, working conditions, re-organisation of administrative structures and systems.
He argued also that it was a viable opportunity for increased use of ICT in administrative operations for workers with attendant capacity building, and increased creation of jobs through strategic diversification of the state's revenue sources.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Adams Oshiomole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also urged employers in the country not to sack workers or cut their salaries.
The Nation reports that he said the stakeholders should “deepen the humane content of industrial relations” this season.
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