May 2, 2024

Labour Minister urges workers to prioritise national growth, devt

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Minister of Labour, Nkiruka Onyejeocha

By Victor Ahiuma-Young, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Luminous Jannmike

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has called on Nigerian workers to prioritize national growth and development, emphasizing that their contributions are crucial to the nation’s progress.

Speaking at the 2024 Workers’ Day celebration held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Minister urged workers to embrace a spirit of patriotism and diligence.

She said, “As we gather here today, let us remember that our individual efforts are crucial to the growth and development of our nation. 

“Let us prioritize national progress and work together to build a Nigeria where every citizen can thrive.”

Dr. Onyejeocha commended the labour movement for their contributions to the nation’s history and development, saying, “The sacrifices and struggles of the labour movement have shaped our nation’s history and have brought us to where we are today. Let us honour their legacy by continuing their struggle for justice, equality, and solidarity.”

The Minister emphasized the importance of workers’ contributions to national growth and development.

“Every worker has a critical role to play in building our nation. From the factory worker to the civil servant, from the farmer to the entrepreneur, every contribution counts. Let us work together to create a Nigeria where every worker is valued, respected, and empowered to achieve their dreams,” she said.

Dr. Onyejeocha also highlighted the government’s commitment to prioritizing workers’ welfare

She stated, “This administration is committed to putting the needs and aspirations of workers at the forefront of our national agenda. 

“We are working tirelessly to create an environment that fosters dignity, respect, job security, and inclusivity for all workers.”The Minister’s call to action was echoed by labour leaders, who emphasized the need for workers to unite and work towards national progress. 

The 2024 Workers’ Day celebration was marked by marches, rallies, and speeches, as workers from across the country gathered to commemorate the occasion. 

The event was also attended by government officials, labour leaders, and other stakeholders, who all emphasized the importance of workers’ contributions to national growth and development