Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has called for enabling environment for higher productivity towards improving all sectors of National economy.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the call at the 18th National Productivity Day organised by the National Productivity Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.
He said that government would improve on infrastructure nationwide to further encourage entrepreneurs in the country.
“We will give significant attention to productivity in order to improve standard of living. Nigeria economy can be improved through dedication, hard work, self -reliance and determination, among others.
“Productivity is crucial to greater development. We will intensify efforts in advancing security, fighting corruption and improving national economy”
“The government is conscious of the critical place of productivity in the realisation of the next level agenda, no nation can be self-reliant and competitive in the international market without productivity improvement in all its economic sector,” he said.
The president urged all awardees to double their efforts to support the nation, adding that to whom much is given, much is expected.
The Minister for Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige in his remarks, said that the aim of the event was to stimulate healthy competition for higher productivity among individual workers and Organisations.
According to him, such rewards would improve the standard of dedication of Nigerians towards their overall living conditions.
“Since inception of this administration, plans have been focused on restoring growth, investing in our people and building a competitive economy,” he said.
Dr. Ngige said that the decision of government to observe National Productivity Day, every year was aimed to stimulate productivity consciousness and to reward innovation, creativity and hard work among Nigerians.
He listed objectives of the Award to include building and encouraging spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance and also identity and reward the most productive workers and organisations in both public and private sectors of the economy.
“National Productivity Day will also institutionalise productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in both public and private sectors in Nigeria, emphasising hard-work, high performance, efficiency, discipline, dedication, humility and patriotism,” he added”.
The Guest Speaker, who spoke on “Productivity for National Re-Engineering, Security and Growth in Nigeria, Professor, Mike Obadan, said that the country’s productivity ought to compete favourably with the advanced countries.
“This means providing a conducive environment for sizable investment in both human and physical capital, and research and innovations.
“Nigeria should take a cue from the developed countries and invest more in research and development activities in order to realise technological development.
“There is need to improve governance and develop a winning strategy to deal with menacing phenomenon of insurgency and insecurity in the country,” he explained.
The Awardees includes, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr Oba Otudeko, Mr Tony Elumelu, Mr John Momoh and Professor, Hussani Doko Ibrahim of Raw Material and Research Development Council.
For the past Eighteen years over three hundred Nigerians and twenty-seven Organisations have been confirmed with the National Productivity Merit Award.
This efforts is expected to spread to other Nigerians towards valued edition and Economic Developments.
The theme of the 18th National Productivity Celebration and the conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award was “Productivity for National Re-engineering, Security and Growth.”