The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, has called for the promotion of dignity in order to achieve efficient performance and higher productivity among Nigerian Workers.
The commissioner, who said this in Lagos on the sideline of the May Day celebration by Nigerian workers, noted that this would turn around the economic fortune of the country.
According to Abdullateef, Nigerian workers are critical partners that deserve better treatment in achieving the desired image change of Nigeria among comity of nations.
He stated that workers irrespective of where they work and what they do, are human beings.
They are from different homes with children and relatives. They deserve better homes, qualitative healthcare and security.
“Workers should not be treated like animals, they are God’s creatures.
“Their children deserve better education and employers alone cannot grow their businesses, they need workers input as well.
“So treat them well and respect their rights as citizens for optimal productivity.
“When workers are treated well, you are helping them to build responsible homes.
“Members of such homes will in their own way also contribute to the growth and development of the country rather than becoming nuisance and burden to the larger society,” the commissioner said.
He described casualisation of workers as a modern day slavery that should be condemned by all and sundry.
According to him, casualisation exposes Nigerians to exploitation by employers.
“Casual workers in most establishments are denied some benefits such as career progression, access to soft loans and less access to personal development with insecure jobs.
“It is worrisome to see foreign companies and establishments owned by Nigerians engaging people as casual workers. They are overworked yet underpaid and denied benefits that would enhance their safety at work place.
“As we mark 2015 Workers Day, I urge employers of labour to prioritise safety of their workforce because life is sacred and should be treated as such.
“The inability of some States to pay their workers salary is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria need to take proactive measures at diversifying the economy.
“The Agricultural sector is capable to address increasing cases of unemployment if promoted and make attractive to the youth. Acquisition of trades and vocational skills among youths should also be encouraged.
“However, prudence in government spending, blockage of leakages and promotion of twenty four hours economy would also go along way in addressing the challenges of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria,” he added.