Workers’ day: Ekwunife, Melaye want improved welfare for workers
Abuja, May 1, 2015 (NAN) As Nigeria marks Workers’ Day, two new senators have called for improved welfare for workers so as to enhance their productivity, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The senators-elect, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, said that a happy workforce would ensure a prosperous nation.
Sen. Uche Ekwunife, Senator-elect to represent Anambra Central (PDP), noted that if the nation could have a productive workforce, then Nigeria could move forward.
“There must be a mechanism to ensure that people do what they are supposed to do; if the civil service is not productive, nothing else will work.
“The way private sector works let us apply the same attitude to civil service so that people in the public office can do better.
“Let us all go and work for Nigeria so that Nigeria can be a better place,“ she said.
While wishing all Nigerian workers a happy celebration, she urged them to be committed to their duties so that their salaries could be justified.
Dino Melaye, Senator-elect to represent Kogi-West (APC), said that the civil service in Nigeria was in dire need of reforms.
Melaye said that the Nigerian worker has not been treated well over time, adding that such anomaly ought to be addressed.
“But the workers themselves are part of the problem because there seems to be a satanic collaboration between the legislature, executive and the labour force.
“Most times, corruption in the civil service is responsible for the dilapidated roads we have, the poor quality and standards of our schools, responsible for our poor health facilities.
“The fight against corruption must be taken seriously first by the labour force and the civil service in this country and we can then begin to move forward,” he said.
He called on workers to be hard working so that Nigeria as a nation would witness real growth in all sectors of the economy.
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