Labour was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things!
Whereas, not only has the Labor of our heroes past been in vain due to the excessive looting of their
pensions and arrears making them liabilities for their children, their families and society at large; the
unemployment, the poor labor welfare, the fraudulent staffing/recruitment system, the underpayment
and many anti-labor policies makes Nigerias current heroes one of the most unappreciated workforce in
The tenets of equity and the beauty of labor is well encapsulated by Karl Marx in his quote ” For each
according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
How then do we serve with heart and might when it is glaring that our labors will be in vain? When
workers neither gets rewarded according to ability nor needs. How?
The high rate of emigration and brain drain in Nigeria’s work force is a testament of how underpaid and
maltreated our labor force increasingly becomes by the day.
According to Voltaire, Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need; thus, any pragmatic
government would be interested in workers welfare to curb vices and encourage participation in Nation
But then as a Nation our leadership is unintentional and our representation non soliciting. The Nigerian
worker have been trampled upon, battered, dejected, used, and molested in ways unimaginable
whereas nobody selflessly stood up for the Nigerian worker in time of dire need and moment of
We failed to realize that the effectiveness of our workforce either publicly or privately would determine
how productive and progressive we intend to become as a Nation.
Young professionals are leaving in droves because everything in Nigeria will kill you, but then It’s
obviously no longer news that our meritocracy places competent and intelligent workers below average
workers who have political connections or would be ready to pay for promotion in kind.
In line with the passage of the #NewMinimumwage The intentional refusal to promote competent
graduate and workers beyond entry level employee under the guise of contract staff is fraudulent and a
bane to human capital development making it hard to effectively implement the new minimum wage.
The act of continual extortion of labor and many anti-labor practices MUST stop before workers really
appreciate the beauty of workers day as a moment of reflecting on the many sacrifices made to ensure
that work gets done in moving Nigeria forward irrespective of the many untold challenges. Our workers
are indeed heroes whose labor we must ensure never go in vain.
How more denigrating is it going to be when foreigners treat our workers as slaves in our own country,
while government whose duty is to protect the interest of the citizens and ensure quality welfare that
reduces unemployment rate look the other way in exchange for bribes and benefit.
What law protects the Nigerian worker? how diligently is it implemented? These and many other glaring
reasons negates our National creed. Our labors are toiling in vain, maltreated first by the government
with non payment of salaries, the private sector by fraudulently shortchanging workers, and foreign
companies especially those run by India’s and Taiwanese confidently maltreating workers without fear
The Nigerian worker is overworked and underpaid. Job security is not a very good lexicon for the Nigeria
worker who is constantly in search for greener pasture; whose government have failed over time and
whose society places so many expectations upon.
The Nigerian worker is my HERO, her effort is geared towards advancing our nation and providing for
the family. The Nigerian worker deserves the best!
In celebrating the resilience and doggedness of the Nigerian worker despite all odds, it’s important that
we make demands, demands that are clear and within the whims of our constitutional right that the
welfare of workers becomes prioritized for it was not by gold or by silver, but by Labour, that all wealth
of the world was originally purchased.
Happy Workers Day to Nigeria Salient heroes!
Olawole Olakunle ‘MKO
NYL KOWA PARTY