The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has commended the resilience of the Nigerian workers and assured them that talks on new minimum wage were still ongoing.
The Minister in a goodwill message to Nigerian workers on this year’s Workers’ Day, recalled their historic role across decades and urged them to further stand firm with President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
He said: “The cardinal objective of the present administration is the revival of the economy; enhancement of the security of the nation and zero tolerance for corruption.
“The Federal Government has so far covered a considerable millage notwithstanding teething challenges. I therefore solicit your continued support towards bringing these national goals to fruition.”
The Minister further expressed the commitment of President Buhari to the enhancement of workers’ welfare and prosperity for all citizens, charging them to use the occasion to reminisce on the positive outcomes of the labour’s struggle for a better working rights and decent work environment.
“This is an administration that places a lot of premium on the welfare of workers and all citizenry and has done so in very transparent manner. Our openness is to provide enough window for all Nigerians to appreciate the state of the nation and the efforts of the government.
“Our modest achievement in creating equable condition for job security and improved welfare for workers, as evident in the fact that no Federal civil or public servant has lost his or her job in the last three years of the administration despite economic downturn, as well as the on-going effort to give effect to a new national minimum wage easily bear out Federal Government’s commitment to the upliftment of the workforce.
“This year’s celebration therefore presents an opportunity for a collective reflection on the contributions of the labour movement to national growth on the one hand and the steadfastness of the Buhari administration to the welfare of workers on the other,” he added.