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.”