The Kwara State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked workers in the State to abide by all precautionary measures listed by experts and government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus as government gradually relaxes lockdown.
In compliance with the measures to contain the spread, the State Chairman of the Congress, Aliyu Issa Ore, said the State Chapter will this year observe May Day in low key and urged all workers to stay at home in addition to observing physical and social distancing.
In a statement issued in Ilorin to mark the 2020 May Day, Ore saluted the perseverance of workers, including market women, artisans, transporters, pensioners and the general public following the economic hardship imposed on them by the effects of COVID- 19 pandemic.
He commended the Kwara State Government for being proactive in rolling out measures to contain the spread of the coronavirous which it noted had slowed down the spread of the virus in the state.
The congress also expressed delight that the State Government has commenced distribution of palliatives to the poorest of the poor, urging the government to monitor it distribution.
Ore urged employers of labour at all levels to provide hand sanitisers and face masks to workers to contain the spread of the disease.
The congress however, used the opportunity of the May Day to remind government of the need for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for workers and other demands laid before it.
“In the face of the hardship which Nigerians are currently going through as a result of the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and it effects on the economy, we want to appeal to the state government to ensure the implementation of the N 30,000 minimum wage for workers”, Ore said.
The congress urged labour leaders in the state be on guard against any policy that could bring more hardship on workers at this trying period.
“The leadership of our Union must remain on guard and jealously protect jobs, wages, income and means of livelihood at this trying time.”
He, however, hailed the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq for it’s quick intervention in averting what could have lead to job loss at the International Aviation College, Ilorin.