MAY DAY: Increase productivity, Okotie charges workers

The Pastor of the Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie, has asked Nigerian workers to be more productive as the nation joins workers worldwide in celebrating May Day.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the presidential candidate of the Fresh Democratic Party, said he supports Nigerian workers in their quest for a decent wage but warned that such demand must be matched with high productivity and efficiency on the part of the workers.

“A productive workforce deserves decent pay; employers should also respect labour rights so as to avert disruptive strikes which often harm the economy,” he said, adding, “Nigeria needs industrial stability to grow the economy.

Rev. Okotie,  also called for a comprehensive review of the country’s labour laws to bring them in line with global standard practices as enshrined in the statutes of the International Labour Organisation.

He urged the federal, states, local government and public institutions to diversify their sources of revenue.

“There’s an urgent need to turn our oil-depended economy into a multi-product export economy. That’s the only way to sustain our current position as Africa’s largest economy”, he added.

The National Minimum Wage Bill, which was passed by the lower and upper house on January 29 and March 19 respectively, was signed into law by President Buhari on April 18.
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