I am happy to join the Workers of Lagos State on this May Day celebration. Before I became Governor, I was a part of the committee of workers and I am still a part of this group because I am still a worker but on a different platform.
This is why, as the Chief Executive of the State, one of my priorities is to ensure that all workers in our State are happy because ultimately the aim of work is to create wealth and fulfilment for the worker and the employer.
I therefore identify with the entire work force in Lagos State and share with you the mission to sustain and increase our common wealth for the prosperity of all.
All over the world, the worker is recognised as the most important factor of production. As a government, we appreciate workers and make bold to declare that they are the makers of history.
Everyday we say Lagos is working but I am here to tell you that Lagos is working because the workers are doing the right things at the right time.
Every society must remember and appreciate its workers because they are the real heroes of the society. Workers day is about remembering and celebrating those who give their time, best efforts and worked hard for the good of the society.
Dear compatriots, this year’s celebration is taking place at a challenging time which also presents great opportunities for us to build a strong and sustainable economy. Most of the challenges facing us today are largely man-made and therefore the solutions lie in our collective capacity and ability to chart a new path that will lead to higher productivity, wealth creation and job opportunities.
The working class has a clear role to play in this process. In the midst of current economic challenges, workers have a duty to cooperate with the government and other employers of labour. It is a time for understanding and sacrifice, driven by patriotism and conviction in the political will of the government to turn things around for the better. It is in this light that the theme of the celebration “The working class and the quest for socio-economic revival” must be understood.
We must all re-dedicate ourselves so as to attain higher productivity and maximum efficiency.
While we charge all workers to rededicate themselves to the ideals of hard work, efficiency, loyalty and honesty, as a government we will continue to give due consideration to matters affecting the interest of workers and their welfare. We also expect the Central Labour Union to continue to foster unity and cooperation between the Government and labour.
Let me use this opportunity to restate that ours is a listening government committed to the policy of all-inclusive governance. Our Office Civic Engagement is open to bridge the gap between the government and the people, including associations, groups and bodies. I assure you that we will make your opinions, suggestions and ideas count in policy design, implementation and evaluation.
Distinguished Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen, I congratulate you and wish you all a happy and memorable May-Day Celebrations.
Long live Great Nigeria Workers!
Long live Lagos State!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo jewa l’ogun!!!
Governor of Lagos State,
1st May, 2016.