It is May 1st .
In ideal circumstances, I should begin by saying Happy Workers Day; but these are not ideal circumstances.
The present pandemic has clouded our celebrations with an atmosphere of confusion, fear for our health and those of our families, expectations of a bleak economy post-covid-19, and uncertainty about whether workers will still have jobs when this is over.
In spite of all the negative permutations, two things are key; one, the spirit of the Edo worker is strong and resolute and their passion and readiness to discharge their duties is unquestionable. Two, if provided the right leadership to work with, most of the concerns mentioned earlier would not be as troubling as they are presently.
This year’s Workers’ Day coming at a time like this presents a very good opportunity for leadership to begin to re-examine the issues of workers’ welfare, working conditions, re-organization of administrative structures and systems, increased use of ICT in administrative operations with attendant capacity building, and increased creation of jobs through strategic diversification of the state’s revenue sources.
Times like this should awaken us to the need for creative and innovative thinking targeted at improving the lots of our dear workers.
Despite the situation and in line with this year’s theme ‘Stop the Pandemic’ we celebrate our workers, most especially those in the health sector working to protect us from a ravaging enemy. We thank them for their selfless service and sacrifice, as we also thank all other workers for their dedication and commitment to driving the engine that keeps our state running.
I assure you that with fresh ideas and new ways of thinking, the future holds hope and prosperity for you and your loved ones.
Thank you again, and Happy Workers Day
Rt. Hon (Engr.) Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama