By Our Reporter
Sen. Agom Jarigbe has charged Nigerian workers across the country to remain steadfast in giving their best to the nation .
The lawmaker made the charge in release signed by Director General of his Campaign Organization, Dr. Clem Enahme yesterday in Calabar in commemoration of the Workers Day celebration .
Sen. Jarigbe Agom currently represents Cross River northern senatorial district at the upper house of the national assembly.
The lawmaker who congratulated Nigerian Workers especially those of Cross River Northern Senatorial District, maintained that they deserved every positive motivation possible as their contribution to the growth and development of the country was immeasurable.
“This day which has been Set aside by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), for workers all over the world to celebrate the hallmark of your Struggle for enhanced welfare Package, reflect on the roles of labour and welfare of workers in the development and growth of the economy.
“It was in the late 19th Century in CHICAGO USA, that workers held a Protest over the Poor Working Conditions and long Working hours, sadly, many of them were killed and others Sustained Varying degrees of Injuries.
“The workers who were working 10 – 16 long hours daily, later Came together under a Central Labour Union to Proclaim that eight hours of Work daily Should Constitute a Legal day of Labour, which was accepted by all.
“It wasn’t until the UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA), held a Conference and Came up with a Resolution that Labour is for 8 hours. As such, every MAY 1st Should be celebrated as international Labour Day,” he stated.
He however, bemoaned the persistent problems of non payment of workers salaries and other allowances including non payment of pensions as well as gratuities amongst other challenges bedeviling the civil servant. He described such development as inimical as it affects productivity and punctures the morale of the worker.
Urging relevant stakeholders to always make sure there was no more delay or non release of workers statutory benefits as and when due, Sen. Jarigbe said
“I want to enjoin workers to remain Steadfast in giving their best in Service, even in the face of their Challenges, and to always reciprocate good gestures that comes their way. I can categorically tell you that all your challenges are surmountable, as it can only get better”