Working class, the nation’s lifeblood, says Senate President Saraki
To mark Workers’ Day, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described Nigerian workers as the “life-blood” and driving force of the nation’s development considering their invaluable contributions.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to celebrate the day, Saraki lauded the resilience and commitment of workers, describing their contribution to the nation and the economy as priceless.
“From the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that contribute over 47 per cent to our GDP, to the civil servants who are the driving force behind our government, all the way to the unregistered business owners who work to make a living for themselves and their families, every Nigerian worker in both the formal and informal sectors makes priceless contribution to the sustainability of our nation.
“As we mark this year’s Workers’ Day, all Nigerian workers should be proud that their significant contributions keep this nation moving forward. They are the lifeblood of our country, an integral part of the fabric that makes up our society,” he said.
Saraki also stated that the Senate would continue to legislate to guarantee the safety and well-being of Nigerian workers.
He emphasised the need for governments across all levels and the private sector to ensure that workers receive their salaries and pensions when due.
The Senate President added that: “As a result of globalisation, the Nigerian workforce is no longer competing with itself, we are now competing with our counterparts from both developing and developed nations.