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“Workers’ Condition Has Grown Worse Under Buhari’s Administration” ASUU , Atiku

The University of chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-, , on Friday, lamented the plight of workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the , Major General Muhammadu

(retd).

said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the .

The Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on

Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under .

The statement titled ‘-led administration:

The real enemy of workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.”

“We must resist the ploy of and its agents to divide . We must resist their divide-and-rule strategies,” it said.

The statement further read, “The of the day has continued to turn a deaf ear to the agitations of labour unions and cries of the masses.

“They often request patience and understanding. Yet, impunity, financial impropriety and corruption have become the trademark of this -led administration.

“The continues to pass the burden of hardship and misery to workers and the masses.The abductions and killings of students at all levels have become embarrassing to the country. Human beings are now a commodity of trade in . This portends nothing but doom for the of .”Akinwole said despite the “terrible” conditions, thegovernment continued to label constructive and objective criticisms as “hate speech” when the citizens speak truth top power.

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On his part, decried what he referred to as the persistent and frightening economic decimation of the living standard of workers.

He expressed displeasure with the growing rate of inflation which he said had pushed many workers into poverty.

In his May Day message titled ‘ bemoans economic decimation of workers,’ signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, the ex-VP said, “The workers have never had it so bad.

The impacts of the lockdown and worsening inflation have taken their heaviest toll on the working class. The situation is so bad that they are now living from hand to mouth.”

further called for a reduction in the cost of governance to improve the lot of workers.

Meanwhile, the , , and the State Governor , on Friday, sought improved welfare for workers across the country.

They stated this in separate messages to commemorate the International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or May Day.

Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, said workers across the generations had continued to drive economic productivity, nation-building and democratic governance.

He said, “The labour movement has a proud heritage beginning from the heroic contributions of its founding fathers like Pa Micheal Imodu and his contemporaries in the struggle for the independence of and emancipation of workers and the masses.

“I commend their patience, understanding and also their resilience in the face of the current challenges that our nation is facing.

“The believes in the well-being and welfare of the workers and will always provide legislative

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support for every effort to tackle their challenges and improve the work environment.”

In his message, Fayemi assured workers in the state of his administration’s resolve to continue to accord their welfare a priority, despite the effects of the COVID-19 on the state’s accruals from the Federation Account and internally Generated Revenue.

The governor, lauded the workers’ contribution to the social and economic development of the state, said they had demonstrated brilliance and commitment in the iplementation of his administration’s five-pillar development agenda.

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