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Factional NLC Urges FG To Declare State Of Emergency To Curb Unemployment

Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

After critically and carefully analysing the diverse crucial issues confronting the nation, factional Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), led by comrade Joe Ajaero has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency and call for a summit to streamline ways out of the unemployment crises in the nation.

The NLC made this declaration at the end of its Cental Working Committee (CWC) meeting held at the NUPENG headquarters at Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos yesterday.

According to Ajaero, those at the corridors of power should close ranks and pull the nation back from the inexorable slide into a state of anomie.

The NLC also observed that the huge failure in the privatization policy of government has been grossly responsible for the crisis in the nation’s power sector.

“The unbundling and subsequent sale of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to various private operators about three years ago is the worst mistake any government that is worth its integrity and responsibility can commit. Presently, the nation is faced with sharp drop of power generation to 2,000 megawatts and we are yet to see the end of the abysmal drop.

“The CWC-in-session believes that going ahead with privatization of other national institutions like Nigerian Railway and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which the federal government plans to unbundle will certainly portend greater socio-economic danger for the nation. Similarly, CWC-in-session suggests that federal government should commence the process of withdrawing all approved licences availed miners who have not mobilised to sites to commence business.

While directing the Nigerian public to hold the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari responsible for the pains and all inconveniences occasioned by the prevailing fuel scarcity, the Ajaero led NLC advises President Buhari’s administration to do all practically possible to reverse the trend and ensure that such does not happen again.

He also advised the Federal Government to immediately set up a national multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) platform to drive the SDGs, and calls on the National Assembly to recall immediately the Gender Right Bill, giving it expeditious attention and passage.

“Whereas the Congress has noted the increasing suffering and deprivation that has unfortunately become the lot of Nigerians; we therefore want the government at the centre to quickly talk to Nigerian workers and masses on why we should continue having trust and patience with them. We urge them to tell us why we should not be in the streets calling for mass resignations of officers of this government ; to also tell us why we should not be worried when all the macro-economic indices are moving downwards.

“We urge the government to come clean as promised and account for what actually it has recovered from the treasury looters giving Nigerians details of the culprits and how much each stole. This is the surest way for this government to recreate a fading citizenry buy-in into its waning anti-corruption agenda.

“We also urge the federal Government to beam its searchlights on various individuals around his office to ensure that the battle itself is not scuttled from within. It is our strong opinion that any corruption battle that does not impact the lives and living of Nigerians and does not make the country a better place really pollutes and corrupts the lives of the citizenry and should be re-thought or completely halted”, he said

Ajaero, however, disclosed that Nigerians are not demanding for the moon or sky from the government but year to be governed responsibly and efficiently, by having access to the basic things of life such as food, clothing, shelter, security and freedom to participate in all the socio-economic spaces of the nation.