By Appolos Christian
The pioneer President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, has described technocrats and advisers of President Muhammadu Buhari as mere a�?Buharistsa�? who are incapable of moving Nigeria forward.
He therefore charged the NLC and other civil society organisations in Nigeria to fight such appointees who want to dull Nigeria and turn its citizens to starved slaves.
Sunmonu said: “Some of the so-called technocrats in the present government and advisers of Buhari are mere Buharists, they cannot move Nigeria forward.
“So, NLC and other civil society organisations across Nigeria must fight those people who want to dull Nigeria and turn its citizens is starved slaves,” he said.
The veteran unionist was a discussant on Tuesday in Abuja at the second day of the events lined up for the NLCa��s 40th anniversary.
The topic was a�?The Future of the World of Worka�?, Comrade Sunmonu, lamented that most of the socioeconomic cum security problems facing Nigeria were due to unemployment. He noted that government’s reactive nature instead of being proactive was evidently Nigeria’s problem.
His words: “Education, health, housing and industries are core to socioeconomic development of any country. And these are areas that can generate millions of jobs for Nigerians.
“Most of the socioeconomic and security problems facing Nigeria is as a result of unemployment and this is because of poor or inactive socioeconomic policies of both the present government and the past ones.
“Are we reacting instead of being proactive? Nigeria, led by its government has to be proactive. What is our government doing in terms of socioeconomic development in order to prepare for a better future of work for Nigerians?
“We cannot prepare for the future of the world of work if we don’t massively invest in new technology through research for a viable industrial development.
“Look at Ajaokuta Steal. No country can be industrialised without a viable steal industry. We have been told that Ajaokuta Steal has been built up to 90 per cent and then they want to put some money there and sell it to their friends in the name of privatising our national asset,a�? he lamented.
Comrade Ali Chiroma, the second president of NLC, charged the union to go back to the basics and win the hearts of Nigerians for its struggles.
By Appolos Christian