May Day: Buhari reaffirms commitment to workers’ welfare
…says no part of Nigeria will suffer under his leadership
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has assured Nigerian workers that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to uplifting the lives of Nigerian workers and leaving behind a legacy of service and a buoyant economy.
Ngige disclosed this in a message to workers in a statement to commemorate the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ngige said it was due to the president’s resolve to better the lives of Nigerian workers that he gave states bailout to pay salary and pension of their workers.
He also said the president was determined to fashion an economy capable of creating sustainable abundance for the people.
The Theme of this year’s celebration is “Another 100 Years of Struggle for Jobs, Dignity and Social Justice in Nigeria’’.
“It aligns with the vision and efforts of the president, to uplift the lots of the Nigerian workers and also leave a legacy of a buoyant economy for the country.’’
Ngige said the uniqueness of the 2019 workers celebration coincided with the centenary celebration of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which Nigeria proudly pioneered as the first Country Office in Africa, Lagos, in 1959.
He, therefore, commended the resilience of the nation’s workforce and their numerous contributions to national development.
“We owe plentiful accolades to the most labour-friendly president, who took practical steps to douse the restiveness in the labour force he inherited four years ago due to unpaid salaries and allowances.
“He released bailout funds at both the state and federal level and capped it all with a New National Minimum Wage for the Nigerian working class in public and private sectors.
“As we move to the Next Level, I have no doubt that things will get better. I wish you all a productive and fulfilling celebration,” he said.
No part of Nigeria will suffer under my leadership – Buhari
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated that no part of the country, regardless of its geographical location or political leaning, would suffer neglect during his administration.
Buhari disclosed this at the inauguration and handing over of Erosion/Flood Control and Road Improvement projects at the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau, said that the project was one of the ecological intervention programmes approved for the first quarter of 2018.
He added that it was approved by the Federal Executive Council on August 8, 2018, with a completion period of six months.
“It was fully completed in March 2019. The project is expected to check flooding menace within the university campus,” he said.
The President said that the completion of the project has also underscored the Federal Government’s concerted effort and sincerity of purpose in tackling environmental problems in the country.
“Today’s project inauguration and handing over must be commended as it will offer the community an opportunity to take ownership of the project in order to ensure its care, maintenance and stability.
“I, therefore, call on the benefiting community to see the projects as yours, jealously guard it and prevent dumping of refuse in the constructed drainage channels,” he said.
In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fatima Batul-Muktar, said that provision of infrastructure such as roads and drainage network was critical to the development of tertiary institutions.
“Federal University Dutse has had problem of road and drainages within its permanent site since establishment in 2011.
“Movement of pedestrians and motorists within the permanent site which constitutes ninety per cent land area of the university was a nightmare, especially during rainy season.
“Relief however came in August 2018 through the Ecological Fund Office with the award of contract for erosion/flood control and road improvement works in the university,” she said.
Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Hassan Ibrahim, promised that the state was always ready to assist the university whenever the need arises
He lauded the Federal Government for the gesture and contractors, CONTECH Engineering Ltd., for timely completion of the project.