Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-Elect of Nigeria, has promised workers better conditions under his government, assuring them that he is an ally in the fight for social and economic justice.
In a statement released on Monday- Labour Day, also known as Workers Day, the President Elect extended solidarity to Nigerian workers, saying that he was going to work for their betterment. He said, “On this special day, as your President-elect, I extend my hand of friendship to the Nigerian workers through the two central Labour unions – Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress. In me, you will find a dependable ally and co-labourer in the fight for social and economic justice for all Nigerians, including all the working people. Your fight will be my fight because I will always fight for you. My plans for better welfare and working conditions are spelt out in my Renewed Hope Agenda for A Better Nigeria. It is a covenant born of conviction and one I am prepared to keep.”
Tinubu assured workers that he will provide them with a living wage that will guarantee a better life and enable workers to provide for their families. He however, asked for understanding and cooperation, saying that the government will have to make tough decisions to make in order to make growth possible, “In Nigeria, I shall have the honour and privilege to lead from May 29, workers will have more than a minimum wage. You will have a living wage to have a decent life and provide for your family. The days ahead will, however, demand better understanding and cooperation from all sides, because leadership will require that we take tough and hard decisions so that our people and all Nigerian workers can live more abundantly.”
Tinubu then asked Nigerians to work with him so as to defeat the war against poverty, ignorance, disease, disunity, ethnic and religious hate and all negative forces that contend against the stability and prosperity of the country.