On behalf of His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the entire government, he commended all workers in the region for their contributions and enormous sacrifices over the years towards the development of the region and country at large.
“Today marks an important day in the calendar of all working families across the world. It is a commemorative event that reminds us of the struggles our forerunners waged in order to give us dignity at the workplace and is still unique today in a special way.
“It is recalled that in the 17th and 18th centuries, workers had to work between 16 and 18 hours without rest; they had “no mouth” to express their views or a voice to air their concerns at the workplace. On the plantations, the situation was even worse; it was one of the master-servant relationships. Today, the workplace is relatively free; you can express your views and air your concerns, but the struggle has not ceased. The struggle is on and has taken on a new dimension”, he stated.
He opined that it is important for labor to collaborate with employers and all other stakeholders to devise strategies that can increase productivity to ensure the sustainability of our economy.
“This, I believe, would also manifest in the protection of our incomes and pensions. The labor front needs to be united in its effort to ensure peace, which is a prerequisite for national development. Especially as the government continues to finalize its negotiations with the IMF to conclude the release of funds. We must remain committed to supporting the government, as they cannot do it alone”, he added.
He assured that the Nana Addo-led government remains determined and resolute to make life better for workers and the average Ghanaian and appealed to workers to sustain the country’s gains.
𝗢𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁
Hon. Shaibu harnessed the opportunity to highlight that the government has been focused on setting up the fundamentals over the years with tangible developmental activities, innovations, policies, and programs instituted to improve and better the lives of all.
“The commencement of works on the upgrading of the Tamale-Yendi-Tatale Road, the dualization of Yendi and Bimbilla Township roads, and the ongoing works on the Agenda 111 projects across the regions are enough evidence,” he said.
He added that the region is also expecting various projects to commence in some selected districts soon under the Social Cohesion Project (SOCO)—schools, boreholes, roads, markets, etc., and the ongoing construction of a psychiatric hospital under the Agenda 111 project on the Tamale-Yendi road.
According to him, these various infrastructure projects will only be realized to the fullest if we sustain the peace we are currently enjoying.
The Northern Regional Secretary of TUC, Madam Felicia Kraja, harnessed the occasion to make a special request to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to do whatever he can to make the Saglame Housing Project useful for Ghanaians, as many workers who are contributing so much to Ghana’s development cannot have places to lay their heads.