Two Local Government Area Chairmen in Lagos State, have pledged to give priority attention to the welfare of their workforce as the world celebrate workers on May Day.
Mr Bolaji Ariyoh, Chairman of the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, in a statement on Friday, said that as a government at the grassroots, the council would continue to give priority to the welfare of its workers.
Ariyoh said he would provide an enabling and conducive working environment for the workforce for maximal productivity to be realised.
He urged the workers to stay safe as the world continued to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Today is another important day, set aside to appreciate and celebrate the strength of the nation’s labour force.
“The success of any nation lies in the strength of its workforce and it is on this note that it remains a special day to celebrate the force behind the drive of the nation.
“This year’s celebration of May Day across the globe avails us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges confronting the world with a threat to our healthy living caused by the outbreak of COVID-19,’’ the council boss said.
He salutes the resilience, sacrifice, patriotism and determination of the council’s health and environmental workers across the world, who have been working round the clock to ensure that stability returns to the world health system.
“May your efforts never be in vain.
“There can only be a workers day, if workers are well and alive, please stay safe,’’ he said.
He lauded the remarkable impact of council workers, made across all sectors of governance in bringing development to the grassroots, the state and the nation in general.
“The effective synergy and progressive collaboration provided by Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oshodi-Isolo LGA Chapter, is driving the vision for a greater and better Oshodi,’’ he said.
Sharing the same view, Mr Shamsudeen Olaleye, the Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area, said that productivity would reach the peak when workers are happy.
Olaleye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the council would continue to prioritise the welfare of its workers.
The council boss, while felicitating with workers, however, appealed to them to stay safe amidst the COVID-19 that is currently ravaging the world.
He particularly enjoined council workers to adhere strictly to government directives by staying at home and applying all other measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
Olaleye praised health and environmental services workers for leading the fight against COVID-19 at the community level.
He described them as “heroes of our time’’.
“I want to send a special appreciation to our health and environmental services workers in our various councils.
“They are indeed our heroes in these trying times by making sacrifices.
“They are laying down their lives by trailing contacts and infected persons in our communities.
“I use this opportunity to commend them for the great job they are doing,’’ Olaleye added.