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The International Labour Day which is also known as May Day is observed across the world on May 1 every year. The day is celebrated to recognise the hard work of the labour class. The day commemorates the labour movement demanding the reduced working hours at eight and paid leaves.

Labour Day first originated in the United States in 1886 at the peak of industrialisation when the industrialists used to exploit the labour class and made them work for 15 hours a day. The workers rose against this exploitation.

International Labour Day is observed to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the labour class. Many countries celebrate this day to honour the workers for their contribution.

I have listened to the speeches made by both the Presidents of the TUC and NLC. By the speeches, you have without any equivocation affirmed your faith in the greatness of Nigeria as a nation.

The efforts of all the heroes past who had fought for the workers of all nations to have a ‘voice’ in determining the course and direction of both national and international issues affecting the state of their being, are commemorated today, the first day of May all over the world. Labour remains unarguably an important element in any policy, programme and project propagated for national development.

The need to ensure a conducive atmosphere devoid of incessant industrial actions becomes paramount to ensure no loss of man – days and accordingly promote high productivity which is perquisite for sustainable development based on increased investments, creation of jobs as well as protection of jobs.

To all the workers in Remo Federal Constituency and Ogun State at large, I celebrate with you all, wishing you all great things on service.

Wishing you all Happy Worker’s Day.

Signed: Olanrewaju Michael George.

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