May Day Celebration: Union Leaders Express Mixed Feelings

ASABA/Nigeria: Some Union leaders in Delta State have expressed mixed feelings over the 2021 celebration of May Day otherwise known as Workers Day in Nigeria.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Uvwie Local Government Council Chapter, Comrade Mercy Ugavah, expressed disappointment over the way she said local workers were being treated by other arms of governments in Nigeria.
Ugavah lamented that local government workers had nothing to celebrate on May Day, saying, “As a result of other arms of governments trying to shut us down or deprive us of our constitutional rights.”
She also stated that local government workers were battling and struggling with their demand for the payment of the national minimum wage, which she said that was being paid to state and federal government workers over two years.
“To add salt to the injury of local government workers in Nigeria, we are now faced with the issue of delisting by the national assembly that ought to fight for our right and freedom.
“In all these, local government workers are not shaken, as we shall continue to stand firm, to work and to fight for our welfare to a local conclusion,” she said.
In his contribution, the Chairman, Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), Warri South Local Government Area Chapter, Comrade Mike Eboh, urged government to reward Nigerian workers for their commitment to nation building.
“May Day should be a day of putting smile on the faces of Nigerian workers and not otherwise,” she added.
On her part, the Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Comrade Rose Obi, stated that May Day was set aside to celebrate workers and to make workers happy and not the other way round.
She remarked that workers experience in Nigeria was negatively different from the experience of their counterparts in other parts of the world.
“We pray and hope that there should be a time when Nigerian workers are treated like their counterparts in other parts of the World,” she said.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Chapter, Comrade Michael Ikwogwu, who spoke to our correspondent on the issue through a telephone chat, opined that May Day was a remarkable day set aside for celebrating workers.
He advised workers to do what was right and not to be found wanting in their duties.
Comrade Ikwogwu, however, urged government to look at the welfare of workers and to also take care of their needs, because according to him, “a hungry man is an angry man.”
Ikwogwu on behalf of NUJ members in Delta State pledged to partner with Delta State Government for the positive development of the state.

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