Workers’ Day: Remain committed to nation building, Obi advises workers
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential aspirant and Anambra State former governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has appealed to Nigerian workers to remain resolute in their contributions to nation building despite the challenges confronting the country.
Obi gave the advice in his message to mark the 2022 Workers’ Day.
He called on the workers to put more efforts in driving Nigeria from the “sharing and consumption mentality” to a creative and productive country, stressing, “This can be achieved when workers and all Nigerians carry out their duties productively, for the sake of the country, rather than being transactional for their personal interests.”
Decrying the high cost of living, the effect of which is worse on the Nigerian workers, whereby they spend 100% of their income on feeding alone, Obi urged all Nigerians, particularly Nigerian workers, to commit themselves to increased productivity which will translate to increased government revenue and subsequently an increase in the welfare of workers.
He urged the government to find ways to pay outstanding pensions and gratuities, and honour agreements with workers, especially that with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike action and enable “our children to go back to school.”
Lamenting Nigeria’s high unemployment, Obi said, “No country grows economically with 35% unemployment rate, which when combined with under-employment, will be 55%, with 60% of the unemployed people being youths, the greatest asset of any nation. I urge the government to aggressively support micro, small and medium enterprises which are the engine of job creation so that they can effectively contribute to reducing the unemployment rate, as is the case in other nations.”
He congratulated all Nigerian workers on their celebration of Workers’ Day, while advising them to hold unto the virtues of diligence and hardwork.