By Odimmegwa JohnPeter, Abuja
PRESIDENT of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba has stated that NLC and her allies in the past 40 years had struggled for responsible and responsive governance in Nigeria.
Wabba, stated this on the occasion of the opening ceremony to mark NLC @ 40 in Abuja.
According to him, this is anchored on the firm conviction that bad governance harms the worker and the poor in the society. These words, “we organized series of anti-corruption and good governance rallies to draw attention to the harm which high cost of governance and corruption have on the economy and citizens. We also called for the sustained fight against corruption in all its ramifications through maximum sanctions and behavior re-orientation”.
Wabba further noted that the NLC equally campaigned for a more efficient, effective and democratic state in the country, especially in the delivery of welfare, security and development to the citizens. He also reinferated the relevance of the Nigerian Labour Congress in contemporary Nigeria, He said, “The NLC is today seen as a formidable force to be reckoning with by our social partners and the entire society.
Having attempted to outline the desirability and the inevitability of reviewing the national minimum wage in our country, it may suffice to also inform you that the legitimate demand for the review of the current N18, 000 minimum wage is borne out of the current reality of higher cost of living, free fall of the naira, and high cost of goods and services.
Let me use this medium to serve notice to those who seek to slow down or frustrate the process of review that they be resisted in like manner as our predecessors did. Let the spirit of Apena Cemetery and the compelling wisdom that guided the leaders during both Adeba and Udoji wage review be our road map. We are prepared to deal with employers, especially governors who deny workers and pensioners their salaries and pensions. . Workers, pensioners and their families will not give them any further political support, especially their votes.
“Before concluding this address, let me call attention to the alarming state of insecurity in the country today. The number of Nigerians who are losing their lives in attacks and counter attacks across the country, which portrays a nation at war. Government needs to step up to ensure adequate security.
“As we celebrate today, over a 100 school girls of the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State who were abducted last week are still missing, As our hearts go out to the families of these girls, as well as the families of the Chibok girls who are still missing, we call on government and the security agencies to ensure the quick rescue or release of these girls. The sad and prolong saga of the Chibok girls must not be allowed to repeat itself”.