Nigerian workers have received kudos for their resilience and sacrifices in the face of the novel COVID-19 pandemic from the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh.
Bashorun Askia in a Workers Day message to Nigerian workers in Warri, said, “In the past four weeks in Nigeria and much longer in other climes, our economy has been shut down by a most vicious and deadly, yet invincible enemy. Since the advent of COVID-19, our economy has been in a lockdown. Companies have been shut, jobs have been lost and, tragically, lives have been lost too.
“It is against this backdrop that makes this year’s celebration of Worker’s Day an unusual one.
“But in the midst of all the tribulations, our society does not waiver in its firm belief that we will bounce back. That faith is anchored on the resilient and dedicated labour force the country, especially DESOPADEC, is endowed with.
“From medical doctors, nurses and medical personnel who have been on the front line in the battle against the Coronavirus, through all the technical and administrative hands, to the sole businessman, everyone has been primed to join the war, win it and get our country going again.”
He commended the DESOPADEC workforce, which he described as “the pride of the Commission,” adding, “You have all made sacrifices and exceeded the call of duty. On behalf of the Board and Management, I heartily congratulate you on this year’s Labour Day.
“As normalcy gradually returns to our country, we must not drop our guard in the fight against COVID-19. It remains a deadly foe and we must continue to adhere to the guidelines given by the relevant health authorities. The management of DESOPADEC, under my watch, will continue to prioritise the safety and welfare of the Commission’s workforce. Every working tool necessary to secure the health and safety of workers will be provided.”
While urging DESOPADEC workers to continue to lend support to the administration of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Delta State governor and foremost labour-friendly governor, Basorun Askia said the governor is “unwavering in his commitment to improving the lot of workers in Delta State.”
He added, “Once again, I congratulate the leadership and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and, especially, the staff of DESOPADEC on today’s Labour Day.”