Aremu faults ex­ten­sion of public hol­i­days

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

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.

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