My Dearly Beloved Comrades and Social partners
I want to, from the profundity of my heart, use this medium to congratulate us all for the journey thus far. I wish to specially salute your resilience, courage, and determination in our collective struggle for better working conditions and the general welfare of workers in the construction industry in Nigeria despite the myriad of challenges, ranging from economic, social, and security.
Comrades, you would recall, that when we set out on the 8th day of April this year by your collective mandate, our resolve was to entrench gender equality, integrity, innovation, transparency, proactive and dynamic leadership. Today, although the life of this current administration is relatively new; having been in office for barely eight months, you would agree with me that we have collectively started this great stride on a good pedestal, especially in view of what we have been able to accomplish within the period.
As you may be aware, we have since commenced work at the National Secretariat building. We are vigorously pursuing the project and hope that in no distant time we would be able to take it to a point where we can move the secretariat administration, which is currently in a rented apartment into the building. We have also been able to reconcile and reintegrate our comrades who felt aggrieved back into our fold in the spirit of comradeship. Efforts are equally being made to ensure that more house units are inaugurated. To this end, I implore and solicit your usual support to enable us to achieve our collective objectives. Consequently, all hands must be on deck as much more needs to be accomplished. There is need to reiterate that our collective efforts are needed to make CCESSA the envy of other unions. We all must be willing to sacrifice for our great union to grow to such a level that we all will be proud of.
Comrades, as the year 2022 gradually winds down, we should not be unmindful of what lies ahead, the uncertainty that looms in the industry, due to non-payment for already executed and ongoing projects, the global economic recession occasioned by the Russian-Ukraine war, the galloping inflation and the forthcoming general elections slated for early 2023. We must therefore be pragmatic, astute in planning, proactive to the changes that may be witnessed, and above all, fervent in our prayers. These challenges notwithstanding, I am hopeful as we look forward to a better year ahead.
Once again, I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead.
Long live CCESSA!