The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government would work to ensure that there are no job losses arising from the extreme effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Nations economy.
Ngige stated this in his May Day message issued by his media aide, Mr. Emmanuel Nzomiwu.
He said the federal government would look at the four-pillar plan of policy responses to the pandemic laid out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
According to him, such policies were intended to be human-centered and built on global solidarity.
He said all relevant factors to the nation’s workforce would be identified, analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and continued realization of a decent work agenda.
The minister assured workers that the federal government would be guided by labour standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities.
He commended workers in the health sector for being in the front-line of fights against the pandemic.
The minister said: “Over the years, May 1 has been a unique day in the world of work.
It is a day dedicated to workers as partners in the socio-economic development of nations.”
Mr Ngige, however, said the 2020 May Day celebration was different because everyone are all taking refuge in their respective homes, staying off the streets in a bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy.
He added that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected modes of work and the utilization of teleworking is on the increase.
He urged workers that as they work from home, they do their best in that regard and to endeavor to demarcate their personal life from work.