A file photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Right this moment is Worldwide Staff Day or Labour Day, noticed annually on Might 1 to rejoice the achievements and sacrifices of the employees.
It is also a day used to focus on the risks confronted by the working class in the middle of finishing up their routine actions.
This yr’s staff day, nonetheless, comes amid the ravaging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has unfold to nearly all of the international locations of the world, leaving nearly two million folks contaminated and a couple of hundred thousand useless.
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The pandemic has additionally negatively impacted the economies of many international locations, worsening the circumstances of many staff.
This has resulted in a well being disaster that has thrown up points regarding the welfare of staff, particularly these at present within the frontline of the battle to curb the unfold of coronavirus and supply look after these already contaminated by the virus.
Labour Day, also called Might Day, is noticed as a public vacation in international locations around the globe, together with Nigeria.
The day is normally marked with public rallies and demonstrations in numerous states throughout Nigeria to attract the eye of the federal government and workers of labour to the plight of staff, as promoted by the Worldwide Labour Motion.
Nevertheless, no such public gathering is going down this time, in view of the restrictions imposed by the federal government as a part of measures to sort out COVID-19, particularly relating to the necessity to keep social distancing.
In declaring the day a public vacation on behalf of the Federal Authorities, the Ministry of Inside, recommended Nigerian staff for his or her resilience, persistence and understanding, notably of their assist of the current administration’s efforts to comprise the unfold of COVID-19 within the nation.