Addressing the workers today, Sunday, as they marked Workers’ Day said: “I further assure you that working together, this administration will protect workers’ rights and shall promote incentives for great productivity and hence, greater posterity.”
In a lecture with the theme: “The Working Class and The Quest for Socio-Economic Revival,”
Buhari, said that government would evolve solutions to the emerging threats to the well-being of Nigerians and the realization of sustainable development.
Represented by the Minister Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the President said: “For us whose main foreign exchange comes from oil, the global decline in the price of oil has further exacerbated our economic crises.
“The resultant effect of this are noticeable in government’s dwindling resources, reduction in operational capacities of most companies especially in the oil and gas sector, threats of workforce reduction by multinationals, among others.
“These developments no doubt, have socio-economic implication for the economy as well as the working class.
“I make no excuses, for this government of the All Progressives Congress is determined to tackle the socio-economic ills head-long.”
According to the President, development must be sustainable for it to benefit society in general.
Buhari said it was, therefore, the responsibility of those in power to align themselves with the working class, who make development possible, by generating and sustaining the momentum of positive change.
He said the present administration would continue to seek the cooperation of labour, so that together “we can attain the enviable heights of progress in our beloved country.
“This administration shall effect positive change in the lives of the average Nigerians, to ensure that the downtrodden are elevated.
“Most importantly, we will fight the intense pain of corruption which has enriched the very few to the detriment of the majority of Nigerians who groan under the overwhelming weight of poverty resulting from corruption.
“In this fight against corruption, I need you all to be very willing partners.
“Fighting corruption in the Public Service in particular requires the workers to play major roles by cooperating with the government.”
The President also assured workers that the issues and request raised had already been considered and would be made public in the near future.
He said: “I request your cooperation and understanding, as partners in progress.
“The need to ensure a conducive atmosphere devoid of incessant industrial action becomes paramount to avoid loss of man hours and accordingly promote high productivity.” [myad]