Here’s what the Nigeria Labour Congress had to say to Buhari
On Sunday, the organised labour, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use the opportunity of the proposed economic conference to come up with policies that could be enacted to pull the country out of its current economic woes.
The NLC and TUC believed that the state of the economy had never been as bad as what it is going through now, ever since the civil war, reiterating the fact that the economy had stopped working.
The organised labour said if Nigeria was to come out of this crisis anytime soon, quick solutions to the current economic challenges were needed, promptly.
In separate interviews with a newspaper agency on Sunday, the General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and the President of the TUC, Mr. Bala Kaigama, mentioned that the organised labour was not invited to the crucial economic retreat.
Ozo-Eson said on the telephone, “We are not invited to the summit. So, if they are having their summit, we know they should be able to articulate positions, to discuss how to get this economy functioning because right now, it is actually not functioning. And there is a need to kick-start the economy. So it is their own, it is a government summit. We await the outcome but what is crucial is that this moment, a quick decision needs to be taken and policies put in place to make this economy functioning again.We await what policies they will articulate in terms of manufacturing, in terms of agriculture, in terms of solid minerals but not just solid minerals, even a long term plan for it so that solid minerals will not also have the same problem that oil has. A programme that transforms the minerals into finished products is what will add value to the economy.”
Kaigama added that the economic conference was crucial because the country was in serious need of economic policies to address the decline in the economy.
The TUC president said “We encourage them to come up with the economic summit even though we are not part of it, we have not been invited. Nigeria needs a very proactive economic policy now that will address the woes of the economy. We are in the worst in terms of economic experiences. We are not in good terms in terms of our economy at all. It had never been this bad except during the civil war. So we hope that the government would take steps to remedy the situation.”
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