May Day, or Labor Day, is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1, but the date varies across countries. It is associated the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers
Here in Nigeria, we join our contemporaries across the globe to celebrate the Nigerian worker annually usually celebrated with rallies and March pasts organized by the State governors and or Nigerian Labor Congress and Trade Union Congress across the states of the federation. So far, how has the method impacted the Nigerian worker, when the issue of minimum wage, increasing demands for improvement in the conditions of service etc. have continued to lingered for years
The question today is how has the Nigerian worker fared so far?
Daily we are inundated by tales of job insecurity, unfair labor practices, under employment,, skewed hiring and firing process amongst others. In all of this I ask again How has the Nigerian worker fared so far?
Labor leaders need make a shift from the usual tradition of rallies, lockouts, strikes and picketing to drive home their demands. Rather heavy investment in human and capital development through the massive sponsorship of deserving union members through a transparent process and beneficiaries in turn step down the learning out comes and in short while, we will have a more robust, self-confident and productive workforce
With an estimated 7.2 million Nigerians losing their jobs in a span of 3 years unemployment rate up from 14.2 % to 18.8 according to statistics made available by NBS prompted by the stagflation experienced by the Nigerian economy and the lack of will power to save during the period of boom. In all of these the Nigerian worker need not be told to invest in self-development. While adding value to the organization you work for do not forget yourself. Invest in books, training, academic pursuit, side hustles etc. in all of this, prepare for your exit from any organization at any point in time.
Here are the projected key drivers of the economy and estimated to become the highest employer of labor by the year 2030.
To make a headway, the Nigerian worker can look into any of these areas and invest in it. There is the need to have an alternative source of income to cushion the effect of high standard of living.
Here is wishing all Nigerian workers a productive year ahead. See you all at the top
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~ Written by Veronica Agana