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Lawan wants workers’ welfare prioritised

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President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has lauded the enormous contributions of Nigerian workers, as he advocates that their welfare should be treated with utmost importance.

Lawan gave the indication in his May Day message signed by his special adviser on media, Ola Owoniyi, in Abuja yesterday.

He noted that the 2020 Workers’ Day came at a time the entire world was facing the health emergency brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Urging Nigerian workers to adhere strictly to prescribed public health protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitisers, observance of personal hygiene, and to stay safe at home, he said the resilience and never-die spirit of the Nigerian people would boost the government’s efforts to overcome the pandemic.

He congratulated Nigerian workers for sustaining their heroic struggle for the liberation of the country from poverty and underdevelopment in the face of the daunting challenges at various work places.

The Senate president acknowledged the role of workers as the creators of wealth in the society, stressing that it was for that reason they should be appreciated at all times.

“As a legislature, we are ever ready to work in collaboration with the organised labour unions to rid our statutes books of anti-labour laws,” Lawan said.

As part of its effort to strengthen the economy and improve the standard of living of the people, the ninth National Assembly is determined to make the country’s financial year predictable through timely passage of the 2020 budget, he added.

According to him, the National Assembly had in the same respect made critical amendments to some laws to ensure smooth implementation of the budget.

He said the legislature would continue to move relentlessly in that direction, despite the unforeseen challenges posed by the pandemic.


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