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As Nigerian workers join their counterparts around the world to mark this year’s May Day, a labour group, Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisations in Nigeria (FIWON) has stressed the need for the Federal Government to devise workable means of ending mass killing of Nigerians and re-route the economy on growth path in order to create jobs for the growing population.
The latest estimates by the United Nations (UN) put Nigeria’s population at 201 million people. This is amid rising wave of insecurity, unemployment, decayed infrastructure, poor sanity, inadequate transportation and healthcare facilities.
The group believes that unless the issues are adequately tackled, despondency among the population will continue to grow.
Gbenga Komolafe, general secretary of FIWON, who raised concern about the deteriorating living condition of Nigerians, especially workers in both the informal and formal sectors of the economy, as they join the rest of the world to celebrate workers’ day (today), said it was high time government at all levels set their priority right to restore hope to the people.
According to Komolafe, while critical services such as electricity and potable water supply have defied solution, essential services, especially functional public education, healthcare services, sanitation, basic shelter and modern transportation infrastructure – especially roads and railways remain in the realms of endless promises.
He also decried high rate of youth unemployment and the harassment of those working in the informal sector.
“We use the occasion of the 2019 May Day to express our solidarity with the working masses in the Nigerian informal economy. Apart from the indignities of daily harassments on the streets, we deplore the institutional criminalisation meted out to informal workers. It is against this backdrop that we condemn unequivocally the passage of a new bill by the Nigerian Senate to clamp down … Read More...