May Day: Senator Umeh salutes Nigerian workers, says hardship is too much


By Our reporter

The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, has felicitated Nigerian workers on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day.

Umeh in a statement signed by himself, said this year’s Workers’ Day was with a lot of mixed feelings of trepidation, following the ongoing economic hardship the country is passing through.

Stating that the pains Nigerians were passing through were too much , Umeh said the phase in the country’s history called for patience and sacrifice


The Senator’s statement read in part, “I salute the Nigerian Workers on this 2024 Workers Day

“This Year’s Workers Day comes with a lot of mixed feelings of trepidation, following the ongoing Economic Hardship our Country is presently passing through!

“The present economic reform programmes being implemented by the Federal Government have no doubt increased the pains the citizens are passing through.

“The occasioned high rate of inflation and staggering high prices of goods and services have wiped out the wages of Nigerian Workers to a deplorable negative level.

“This phase in our National Life calls for patience and sacrifice to allow the reforms achieve their targeted positive improvements in our economy.

He said,” The Federal Government should do everything to bring the Port Harcourt Refinery into production of PMS, DIESEL and KEROSENE, since the Turn Around Maintenance is said to have been almost completed.

“I welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of increase in the wages of workers at between 25 and 35 Percent.

“While I acknowledge that this Increase is far not enough, I plead that while the Government continues to put in place the programmes that will alleviate the sufferings of workers and other Citizens, let us continue to keep hope alive and be patient with the Federal Government to steer the Economy to a positive rebound!

“I convey my Solidarity with the Nigerian workers to the organized Labour Unions; the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress!

“I enjoin the unions to be very pragmatic in their actions and engagements with the government and in order not to worsen the already precarious situation”.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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