The year 2020 workers’ day will be held without the usual fun fare due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In Ekiti State the leadership of the Labour Force NLC and TUC was in NTA Ado Ekiti studio to to interact with workers and make necessary demands from government and individuals.
The labour force had earlier held a joint press briefing in Ado Ekiti,where they called on the state government to give priority to welfare of workers by ensuring prompt payment of salaries, implementation of new minimum wage and provision of conducive working environment.
Speaking at the press briefing, the chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC, Ekiti state chapter, Comrade Joshua Kolapo described workers as the engine room of government, hence the need to prioritize their welfare and give them better sense of belonging.
Comrade Joshua explained that the salaries of workers in this part of the world was too ridiculous compared to what their counterparts obtain in other countries of the world, adding that the union leaders would continue to agitate until the needful were done by government.
The Ekiti state NLC chairman noted that it was unfortunate that the covid-19 had affected the country’s economy and affected the way of life or citizens but urged the Federal Government to be more proactive towards ending the scourge.
He commended the state government over the proactive measures put in place to check the spread of coronavirus in the state and urged workers to adhere to all precautionary measures put in place by government to check the spread of the virus.
“Since the outbreak of covid 19 pandemic, Nigerians workers both public and private have not been attending their offices for work except civil servants on grade level 13 above and essential workers whose activity are compulsorily required”
Also, his counterpart from the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Sola Adigun called on state government to diversify its economy and invest more in Agriculture to boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
Mr Adigun also called on government to see to the state of the country’s roads, saying most of them have become death traps.
The TUC chairman also appealed to Federal government to find lasting solution to insecurity affecting the nation.