ABUJA – The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, has called on the Nigeria labour movement to be considerate in making demands from government.
Wogu made the appeal in Abuja on Thursday while delivering his May Day speech at the Eagle Square.
He urged the trade unions individually and collectively to always know that the government was sincere in its dealings with workers and be mindful in their demands.
“ I would however wish to urge trade unions, either individually or in joint action, to always know that the government is sincere in its dealing with workers.
“Therefore be mindful and considerate in your demands on the government.
“Social dialogue and the observance of the rule of law on labour issues remain viable ways of addressing and resolving labour-government-employer conflicts with the ministry of labour and productivity as conciliator and arbiter.’’
He said that the Federal Government was committed to addressing the challenges of workers and their welfare.
Wogu said the theme “ building enduring peace and unity: panacea for sustainable national development”, was in agreement with the government’s agenda for the nation.
He said peace and unity were familiar and integral parts of the nation which historically reflected in the National Anthem.
“They are necessary characteristics of good government and they form a platform for any national development plans, whether they are long term, medium and short term.
“I urge you today to have faith in this administration as its plans, planted for good governance for this great nation, are gradually bearing fruits.
“I assure you that all plans of the government are targeted towards making Nigeria the great nation that our forefathers had created it to be.’’
Wogu said that no greatness could be realised without change, noting that some of the changes touched peoples’ lives one way or another.
He said that a landmark instrument of change was the ongoing National Conference which was generally a manifestation of the resolve of the government to confront the challenges of the nation.
The May Day rally was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, ministers, top government functionaries and workers. (NAN)