The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr Emeka Wogu, has said that productivity is critical to the actualisation of the Vision 20:20:20 and the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The minister stated this at a one day symposium to mark the observance of the 13th National Productivity Day/Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Clement Illoh, said the theme of the symposium, ‘’Productivity and Competiveness: Determinants for Achieving National Transformation’, was not only relevant, but also apt.
He said the observance of productivity day was a sign that the present administration was poised to harness all ideas and actions that would meet the aspirations of Nigerians.
“As you are aware, this government is committed to ensuring that Nigeria becomes one of the largest economies in the year 20:20. Nigeria cannot afford to ignore the importance of productivity and efficiency in all our undertakings. In every country, the main source of economic growth is increased productivity. Productivity can be considered as the comprehensive measure of how effectively resources are used to generate useful output,” he said.
Wogu said government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the development of productive mindset that would engender development of the country.
The Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, said the National Productivity Day was instituted to ensure productivity consciousness and excellence in public and private service.
Shamsuddeen, who was the guest speaker at the symposium, said the day was meant to reward hard work, high performance and efficiency as well as discipline. He said it was also meant to accord workers and organisations proper recognition for dedication to duty, humility and patriotism.