Sunday 20th August, 2017
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Recession: Convene an all-inclusive economic recovery conference, NLC tells FG

Recession: Convene an all-inclusive economic recovery conference, NLC tells FG

The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Con­rade Ayuba Wabba has called on government to as a matter of urgency, convene a conference on the economy. Al­ternatively, government should assemble an all-inclusive team experts to develop an economic recovery framework that is peo­ple driven and people focused.
He also called on both Fed­eral and State governments to without further delay, pay their debts to both local and interna­tional contractors in order to stimulate the economy.
Delivering his goodwill mes­sage at the 5th Quadrennial National Delegate s Conference of the National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW) in Asaba Del­ta State, Wabba said; “Part of the reason why there is this silence across our great nation today is the refusal or inability of state and federal governments to pay for jobs already done or their inability to mobilise contractors for new
“In view of the considerable harm and pain this has brought upon everybody in the chain, especially workers, I call on federal and state governments to without further delay, pay their debts to both local and in­ternational contractors. I have no doubt this will stimulate the economy in no small measure.
“I also urge the governments to take other measures that are necessary to retrieve the econo­my from recession as Nigerians are going through indescribable suffering. Not far on the list are corruption, high cost of gover­nance and irregular payment of salaries, pensions and gratu­ities.”
While he expressed that gov­ernment must design policies that will bring back industries, create productive jobs, revive public electricity, revalue the naira, encourage the growth of informal economy, resume local production of petroleum products, develop solid miner­als and tourism, among other resources of global economic values, he noted that Nigeria does not need any lecturing from the IMF or any external institutions to do this. We have vibrant and experienced ex­perts that can develop policies on these.
Meanwhile, the NLC presi­dent called for the stability of all affiliates of NLC and the unity of the movement. “The stability of all affiliates of NLC and the unity of the movement are much more needed now as workers and the entire country have been compelled to contend with the challenge imposed on us all by the ongoing socio eco­nomic decline. We cannot suc­cessfully overcome these chal­lenges without a strong, united and focused movement. This is why we appreciate your union’s commitment to our collective struggles.
“I therefore call on all mem­bers of the union to continue to support the leadership of the union at all levels and the Nigeria Labour Congress be­cause without your support, the leadership will not be able to contribute effectively to the promotion and defence of workers’ rights as well as the ad­vancement of good governance in our country. Do not allow yourselves to be distracted by those who seek to weaken us by attempting to divide our ranks.”

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