By Musa Baba Adamu
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured the Nigerian workers of the absolute commitment of the 9th National Assembly, to pass laws that are favourable to the workers.
In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awonoyi, Lawan said “The National Assembly believes in the well-being and welfare of the workers and will always provide legislative support for every effort to tackle their challenges and improve the work environment.”
While felicitating with the Nigerian workers as they join the rest of the world in commemorating the International Workers Day, Lawan noted the significance of May 1, which he said has been set aside every year to celebrate workers as the creators of wealth and to reflect on how to improve their work environment and welfare.
The statement said “I felicitate with the Nigerian workers on this occasion of the Worker’s Day of International Solidarity and Unity.
“The Nigerian Labour Movement has a proud heritage beginning from the heroic contributions of its founding fathers like Pa Micheal Imodu and his contemporaries in the struggle for the independence of Nigeria and emancipation of workers and the masses.
“The Nigerian workers across the generations since then have continued to drive economic productivity, nation-building and democratic governance in the country.
“I commend their patience, understanding and also their resilience in the face of the current challenges that our nation is facing.
“The National Assembly believes in the well-being and welfare of the workers and will always provide legislative support for every effort to tackle their challenges and improve the work environment.
“I assure you of the resolute commitment of the Ninth Senate to its mantra of “Work for Nigeria.”
“By this, we will continue to stand by the Nigerian workers to rid our statute books of anti-labour laws and promote legislations that will make our society a better place for the working people,” Lawan says.
The Senate President however urged the organised labour to always look at the larger picture and consider higher national interest in their responses to government policies and actions.