Centre urges Nigerians to embrace productivity culture
The adoption of productivity principles will improve the economic wellbeing of Nigerian workers, Director General of the National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Kashim Akor, has said.
Speaking in Abuja during the celebration of the 2021 edition of May Day, the NPC boss lauded the contributions of Nigerian workers and the entire labour movement to the economic development of Nigeria from the pre-independent days.
Specifically, he paid glowing tributes to Michael Imoudu, Wahab Goodluck and Hassan Sunmonu for laying the foundation upon which Adams Oshiomhole and Abdulwahed Omar later built the spirit of popular participation and resistance.
Akor stressed that May Day is not just a day to highlight the struggle of the working class, but a day to look back, strategise and re-energise the proletarian that the struggle for a better society is a continuous one.
The NPC DG noted that since the advent of the International Labour Day, labour unions worldwide have used the celebration to draw the attention of employers and government to the challenges workers are confronted with.
The Director-General noted that while the outbreak of the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on economies of nations worldwide, workers must continue to strive to give their best to their employers.
He added that the Nigerian economy is not insulated from the negative effects of the pandemic, which has added more pressure on both the state and federal governments.
Amid the challenges, Akor said embracing the tenets of productivity by workers that operate in the public and private sectors will enhance the capacity of Nigeria to emerge stronger from the present economic challenges.
Akor hinted that the Centre will soon resume its awareness campaign tagged, ‘productivity awareness creation for MDAs’, which is presently executed in conjunction with the office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
He said under the campaign, the NPC will deliver productivity lectures in at least one MDA in a week, giving non-fee-paying productivity lectures to federal government workers.
The NPC Chief noted that the lectures aim to create desired awareness and build productivity consciousness and a change of attitude for positive thinking about always wanting to improve on the productivity level.
Akor paid glowing tributes to Nigerian workers for contributing massively to the economic growth of the Nigerian nation. He stated that in the face of challenges, Nigerian workers have remained steadfast as they ensure the wheels of production continually turn.