The National President of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the federal government to give priority to welfare of workers as well as the rising security situation in the country.
NAAT President Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma in his May Day message to the workers said this year celebration is very important to Nigerian workers as this reflects on their welfare and safety of workers as the nation is facing the worst security situations in its history.
While congratulating workers, especially NAAT members nationwide on the occasion of this year May Day celebration, it also used the occasion to call on Ekiti state Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi to intervene in the crisis rocking Ekiti State University (EKSU) by addressing the issues of salaries and allowances as well as the statutory deductions of workers, saying they must be paid without further delay.
He called on government “to prioritise the welfare of workers as the greatest asset a Nation could have is her workforce. He charged the Federal Government to fulfill the promise of paying the National Minimum Wage Arrears of his members as well as streamlining the allowances of NAAT members to their salaries.”
Nwokoma also called on government to take full audit of the state of university Laboratories in Nigeria and take urgent steps to address the deplorable state and improve the working conditions of his members.
The NAAT boss also urged workers to be “mindful of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that has damaged the world economy, especially Nigeria.”
Nwokoma decried the rate of insecurity in the country today and “condemned incessant kidnapping and killing of students as well as Staff in our Tertiary institutions.
“The case of Greenfield University is one of the many sorry situations in the country today. He therefore called on Government to put machineries in motion to ensure the release of those still in captivity.”
He urged the government to deploy technology and task the security forces to put an end to this ugly situations in the country, saying Nigeria’s sovereignty is seriously under threat.