May Day: What Buhari Told Tinubu Ahead Of Swearing
Barring last minute events, Tinubu will be sworn in as Nigeria’s next president on May 29
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25th 2023.
Ahead of the inauguration of the new government, Buhari said the incoming leadership must instill socio-economic development, one that is driven by the four pillars of the decent work agent to promote jobs and enterprises, guaranteeing rights at work and extending social protection policies.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the 2023 May Day commemoration held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the outgoing leader also suggested that the incoming administration must find a means to promote social dialogue for consensus building among workers while maintaining a sound national industrial relations system.
Buhari maintained that workers’ rights coupled with socio-economic justice make a happy workplace.
“We, therefore, agree that a fair economic structure targeted at creating opportunities for all to succeed irrespective of sex, race/ethnicity, age, disability, creed, religion is sine qua non for progress and development,” Buhari noted.
President-Elect, Tinubu Pledges Living Wage For Nigerian Workers
Earlier, Nigeria’s President-elect pledges to provide more than a minimum wage to Nigerian workers, offering a “living wage” to improve their quality of life.
AttNews reports that Tinubu made this promise in a statement issued in Abuja during this year’s Workers’ Day celebration on Monday, May 1.
Tinubu stated, “In the Nigeria I shall have the honour and privilege to lead from May 29, workers will have more than a minimum wage. You will have a living wage to have a decent life and provide for your families.”
A History of Workers’ Struggles and Achievements
The President-elect highlighted the significant role played by the Nigerian labor movement throughout history, particularly in the struggle for independence and the restoration of democracy. Tinubu emphasized the importance of this collaboration between workers, nationalists, and pro-democracy activists in Nigeria’s progress.
He said, “Since 1945 when the railway workers and 16 other public service unions led the first general strike to demand better wages as a result of rising cost of living, the labour movement in Nigeria has always fought on the side of the masses of our country.”
Reaffirming Commitment to Workers and Social Justice, Tinubu reassured workers that they would find a dependable ally in him in the fight for social and economic justice for all Nigerians, including working people. He extended a hand of friendship to Nigerian workers through the two central labor unions – Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
The President-elect emphasized, “In me you will find a dependable ally and co-labourer in the fight for social and economic justice for all Nigerians, including all the working people.”
Plans for Better Welfare and Working Conditions
Tinubu outlined his plans for improved welfare and working conditions in his Renewed Hope Agenda for A Better Nigeria, which he described as a covenant born of a conviction that he is prepared to keep. He called upon Nigerian workers to join him in the fight against poverty, ignorance, disease, disunity, ethnic and religious hate, and other negative forces that threaten the stability and prosperity of the country.