Workers’ Day: FG Declares Wednesday Public Holiday


The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Workers’ Day celebration.

New Telegraph traces the origin/history of Workers’ Day, also known as International Labour Day, to 1889, when socialist parties in Europe resolved to designate the date for the celebration of workers globally.

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the declaration on Tuesday, tasked workers with the compelling need to demonstrate excellence, efficiency, equity and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, the former House of Representatives member
re-affirmed the commitment of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration “to fostering a culture of innovation, productivity, and inclusivity in the workplace”.

“In alignment with this year’s theme, which focuses on ensuring safety and health at work in a changing climate,

“I wish to state that the Federal Government remains steadfast in its resolve to prioritise the safety and well-being of all citizens. Let me reaffirm Mr President’s commitment to providing a conducive environment for work, where every worker can thrive and contribute meaningfully to national development”, the Minister noted.

While appreciating the contribution of workers to national development, the Ondo-born politician called for proactive measures “to mitigate adverse effects of climate change through synergy in the implementation of sustainable practices and policies that promote well-being in the workplace and in building a nation guided by the principles of integrity, diligence and compassion”.

He enjoined the public to remain committed to the Administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda while wishing all a happy celebration.

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