Aremu faults extension of public holidays
A trade unionist and executive member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu, has criticized the extension of public holidays for this year’s Eid el-Fitr to today, describing it as one too many for a country that is far behind in productivity and global competitiveness index.
In his Sallah message, Aremu said ‘casual public holidays’ create an impression of a ‘non-working, non-productive republic’.
While noting that the key to the nation’s economic recovery is increased productivity, he stressed that the antidote to poverty is hard work.
“The efforts of President Buhari’s administration to revive domestic industries and attract foreign direct investment will be undermined if existing local industries are forced to close down for almost one week on account of a religious festivity,” he said. He commended the Buhari’s administration effort towards redirecting the country’s economy to the path of recovery and prosperity.