President Goodluck Jonathan has advised Nigerian workers not to expect anything good soon, and to prepare for some harsh times ahead, given the harsh economic realities as a result of the recent fall in the price of oil at the international market.
He therefore called on workers to put this into consideration while making demands from government.
He told them this even while they remain disunited as a result of the recently held NLC elections that produced two factions of the labour movement, led by Joe Ajaero and Ayuba Wabba.
Even in Delta State, the governor refused to honour the labour rally held in Asaba, the state capital, this may be as a result of the division within the NLC.
President Jonathanwho was represented by the Minister of Labour, Sen. Joel Danlamilkenya, stated this while addressing workers at the May Day rally in Abuja, Friday.
He did commend workers for their various contributions in the sustenance of the nation’s development and democracy, and described them as the gateway for nation development.
He however stated that: “I have set a mechanism in place to further deepen government and labour relations. Let us use this opportunity to make a commitment for national development and rebirth. Attainment of national vision will not be possible without the commitment, work and participation of Nigerian workers. It is a joint effort. I look forward to seeing a strong and vibrant federation under the new leadership of labour. I urge them to ensure workers welfare and also, working constructively for the transformation of Nigeria.”
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