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  On May 1st, workers across the globe are celebrated for the role they play in holding up the world’s economies. Their minds and physical effort create and grow the wealth we all enjoy. Thanks to their exertions, their families—and indeed their countries –can make material progress.
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Like their global counterparts, Nigerian workers are the pillars on which their country rests. Many of the 60 million people in this category are putting in a shift, either as employees or as self-employed persons. Whether they’re high-level chief executives or micro-scale traders, they have a stake in Nigeria’s economic wellbeing. The past year has been a mixed bag for them. Difficulties persist. But workers continue to strive for better, surmounting the odds as they proceed.

Things To Cheer

On the brighter side, many businesses have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, and are pressing on with value creation. The recovery hasn’t been smooth, especially for employees and small-time entrepreneurs. But Nigerians remain resilient. Every day, they devote their skills and brawns to delivering problem-solving products and services. The things they create—from edibles to personal care items, software, and security –have sustained the country through testing times.
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Things To Fix

However, they still operate in challenging conditions. As they shake off the scourge of a pandemic, they have to make the most of what they have. The real value of their incomes continues to fall, as inflation bites harder. Many have to find extra ways to earn, on schedules that are already tight. Nigeria also has a huge population of unemployed people. This, coupled with a large number of people under working age, constitutes a strain on the employed. They have to take care of an ever-growing number of dependents and do so with thin resources.

Workers Undaunted

Despite the troubles they face, Nigeria’s workers soldier on. They do this for themselves, for their families, the others who depend on them. Their contributions aren’t insignificant. Taken together, the output of this active labour force is sustaining the country and its people. They are keeping Nigeria alive. Featured Image Source: Public Services International
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This article was first published on 1st May 2021


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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