By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has felicitated with workers over this year’s Workers’ Day.
In a release made available to the press by his Media Office, Obi noted that the universality of Worker’s Day testified to the unity in the goal of labour worldwide, which, he said, was for the uplift of society and the ennobling of the human person.
Lamenting the poor condition of workers in Nigeria, Obi noted that things were worsening because the poor economic realities in the country subjected workers to living even below frugal comfort when even the agreed salaries were not paid.
Obi said it was most pathetic that retirees were owed pension and gratuities even now they required all possible care.
Linking what Nigerians, including workers, suffered due to the cumulative years of leadership failure, he said the inability of salaries and income to sustain Nigerians was principally due to the daily plummeting of the Naira, thus rendering life in the country precarious and uncertain.
Encouraging workers not to lose hope, Obi urged them to remain faithful and help in returning the glory of the country by being alive to their civic responsibilities of enthroning as leaders, those with experience and the wherewithal to lead.
For the part of the leaders, Obi said it was about time the poor leadership that had got Nigeria and Nigerians, including workers, on their knees was checked. He called for reasonable treatment of workers by those in government, reminding them of workers’ role and contributions to the growth of the country. He urged them to use the occasion of Workers Day to reflect about the country.