Labour leaders, workers task FG on good governance, welfare, others

Labour leaders and workers on Friday in Abuja appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts in providing good governance, improve workers’ welfare and address insecurity confronting the country.

They made the appeal in an with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to express their expectations from the federal government as Nigeria joins the world to mark the 2021 Workers’ Day celebration.

The theme of the 2021 May Day is “Covid-19 Pandemic, Social and Economic Challenges for Decent work, Social Protection and Welfare of the People.’’

The deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Issa Aremu, said the primary purpose of the government was to provide welfare and security to its citizens.

“When we talk of national insecurity we should also give it content, the victims are mostly the working people. The kidnapping of students like the case of the Chibok girls, among others are children of the working people. So, workers are the direct and indirect involved,” he said.

Also, Mr. Rimamshung Shama, a civil servant, called on the government at all levels to ensure the full implementation of the National Minimum Wage for workers.

“It is so sad that since the implementation of the new national minimum wage was passed into law, it has been a reoccurring issue for the state governments to refuse to implement it for their workers,” he said.

Shama, however, called on the government to create an enabling environment for the workers to put in their best to enhance productivity in the service.

Mr. Godswill Anucha, another worker, also called on the government to take drastic actions in addressing the issue of insecurity in the country.

Anucha urged the government to look into the insecurities and issues pertaining to the whole nation at large in order to protect and provide for its citizens.

Mr. Danladi Baba, a branch chairman, College of Education, Zuba, appealed to the government to address major issues being encountered by civil servants with the use of Integrated Payroll Information System(IPPIS).

“We want the government to properly address the platform as most of the workers no longer know the exact amount they are being paid as salary.

“Most workers are receiving half of their salaries since January and they still don’t know why this is happening,” he said.


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