Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater-Accra Regional Minister on Tuesday observed that what the nation needs is a new type of worker who is selfless, self-reliant and self-disciplined.
The personal and public conduct of this new worker, he said, “is dictated by the highest moral considerations, and driven by the spiritual values of hard work, sacrifice and community service.”
Nii Afotey-Agbo made the observation when he delivered the Greater-Accra Regional May Day address on the theme: “Election 2012: The Role of Workers in Securing Peaceful and Fair Elections.”
The Regional Minister, who represented the Vice President as the Guest of Honour, stressed the need for the working people of this nation to join forces with government in generating the ideas, policies, strategies, actions, programmes and commitments that would not only facilitate the resuscitation of the national economy, but to also build a viable self-sustaining and prosperous nation for ourselves and generations yet unborn.”
He pointed out that, in the face of the economic difficulties that confront most nations on the global scene, “it is important that labour, employers and government, must all join forces to identify and exploit the inherent, but hidden opportunities, that accompany the global crises, for our productive engagement in order to create decent jobs in the formal and informal sectors, for the working population of our country.”
Nii Afotey-Agbo pledged government’s resolve to ensure that “we pursue the best examples of prudent economic management and humane labour practices, in view of our belief that the secret behind economic successes of nations can be attributed to good political leadership, good economic and corporate governance, national inclusion, sense of ownership and partnership among employers, employees and all stakeholders.”
He saluted workers for their sacrifices, solid support, co-operation, and dedication to duty, and hoped in their collective struggle with government, a buoyant economy would be created to ensure better standards of living for majority of Ghanaians.
Mr Wilson Agana, Chairman of the Tema District Council of Labour, urged political leaders to educate their members on the need to ensure decency in the nation’s politics, especially “as we gear up for elections in December.”
Mr Agana reminded political leaders that the electorate would not tolerate those whose utterances tended to divide the nation, or derail the peace we have enjoyed over the years.