Nigerian Labour Congress Rally
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has taken the President of Nigeria, Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari to task over failed electoral promises made during his campaign for election into the office. Specifically, the labour congress is sad that his campaign promises on job creation and youth empowerment have not been fulfilled two years into his presidency.
The Ekiti State chapter of the labour congress made this statement during the May 1st workers day celebration which was declared a public holiday by the Nigerian government. Addressing a mammoth crowd of workers at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado –Ekiti, the State capital, the State Chairman of the NLC,
Mr. Raymond Adesanmi declared that workers are being pushed to the wall by the inaction and below par performance of the present APC Government of Buhari.
The NLC boss warns of dire consequences to the nation if the workers who are the harbinger of the soul of the country are taken for a ride by the federal Government.
According to Oluyemi “Government at the national level has been paying lip service to unemployment, the fight against corruption has been one sided and no prosecution has been made and judgment obtained. The money recovered from the anti-corruption war has not been declared and above all. All the campaign promises of the present government at the federal level have been abandoned.
“Two years into this government there is no witnessed of the desired change Nigerians clamoured for. Salaries are being owed, gratuities and pensions left unpaid. Unrealistic and harsh economic policies are being introduced. Unprecedented scourge of kidnapping, unchecked and incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen are some of what the Nigerian citizens are currently facing.
It is on this note that we call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reappraise itself and make the necessary amends before Nigerians are pushed to the wall. Government at all levels must be responsible enough to fulfill their campaign promises and give hope to the citizenry” Oluyemi emphasized.
Meanwhile, the labour union has made a strong demand to the Nigerian Government to urgently review the national minimum wage. Making the call over the weekend, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, Chairman, Joint May Committee of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said an upward review was long overdue.
Mr. Adeyemi stressed the need for an increase in the minimum wage of workers in Nigeria citing inflation in double figures in Nigeria, the loss of value of Naira the national currency by over 200%. He submitted that these two factors have completely eroded the minimum wage of N18, 000 paid to Nigerian workers currently.