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TEC hails workers on ingenuity, resilience

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The Elevation Church, Godman Akinlabi

In celebration of International Workers’ Day, the Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church (TEC), Godman Akinlabi, has hailed Nigerian workers globally for their uncommon industry, ingenuity and resilience.
 
In his message to Nigerian workers, Akinlabi said despite the ripple effect of the pandemic, Nigerian workers had remained resilient, hardworking and have kept commerce alive at all levels despite the state of the Nigerian economy, and challenges in various sectors such as transportation, power, housing.
   
He encouraged Nigerian workers to imbibe lessons from the life of Joseph in the Bible, who he said was a champion of stewardship, honesty and industry while managing his father’s business, adding that those virtues, combined with his walk with God, propelled him to global relevance. 
 
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He urged Nigerian workers to eschew corrupt practices lethargy and embrace industry, honesty and the fear of God in all their dealings.
 
Akinlabi also called for robust reforms in the housing and transport sectors which will save man-hours and boost the efficiency of the Nigerian worker.
 
He charged government officials and the current administration to champion the cause for better treatment of our pensioners and retirees.
 
“There is a line in our national anthem that says, ‘the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain, and so far, that bargain has not been fully upheld. We must recognise that the shabby treatment of our pensioners impacts negatively on the younger generation, who may be compelled towards more aggressive ventures with promises of quick returns such as internet fraud and drug peddling. We must restore the pride of place and dignity of labour, by rewarding those who put in years of diligent service, so that those coming after can aspire to greater things,” he said.
 
He admonished young workers to take responsibility for their growth by updating their skills regularly to remain workplace relevant and globally competitive, stressing that workers need to leverage training provided by NGOs, relevant government agencies and religious organisations such as The Elevation Church.

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