May Day: Prioritise security, workers welfare, NAAT tells FG

The National President of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the federal government to give priority to welfare of workers as well as the rising security situation in the country.

President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, in his May Day message to the workers said this year’s celebration was very important to Nigeria workers as it reflect on their welfare and sefety as the nation is facing the worst security situations in its history.

While congratulating workers, especially NAAT members nationwide on the occasion of 2021 May Day celebration, Nwokoma also called on the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene in the crisis rocking Ekiti State University (EKSU) by addressing the issues of salaries and allowances as well as the statutory deductions of workers, adding, “they must be paid without further delay.”

He call on the government to prioritise the welfare of workers as the greatest asset a nation could have is its workforce.

He charged the federal government to fulfill the promise of paying the national minimum wage arrears of its members as well as streaml the allowances of NAAT members to their salaries.

Comrade Nwokoma also called on the government to take full audit of the state of university laboratories in Nigeria and take urgent steps to address the deplorable state and improve the working conditions of its members.

The President also use the opportunity to ask workers to be mindful of the ravaging Covid-19 Pandemic that has damaged the world economy especially Nigeria.

Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma decried the rate of insecurity in the country, and condemned incessant kidnapping and killing of students as well as staff in our tertiary institutions.

“The case of Greenfield University is one of the many sorry situation in the country today,” he said.

He therefore called on government to put machineries in motion to ensure the release of those still in captivity.

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