Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has congratulated Muslim faithful on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, urged them to pray for peace and development of Nigeria.
“On behalf of the Nigeria Labour Congress, I wish to congratulate Nigerian workers and indeed, all Nigerians on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir. It represents unconditional obedience to our creator, sacrifice, adherence to higher moral values and show of love to friends and families through sharing.
“Eid-el-Kabir affords us the opportunity to reconcile with God, re-assess our personal and official lives, as regards its impact on the nation. It also avails us a great chance to renew our commitment to the Nigerian project by fighting the vices bedeviling it.’’
He described corruption as a cankerworm that threatens individual and national wellbeing, thus suggesting that the fight against it should be total, holistic and relentless, irrespective of who is involved.
Comrade Wabba maintained that anti-graft agencies should be strengthened, empowered and given all the resources and independence they need to confront corruption. He, however, noted that security continues to be a topical issue as thousands of lives had been lost, inestimable property destroyed, millions displaced and their lives altered forever.
“We nonetheless endorse the strategies adopted by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari which are beginning to yield positive results and for which he deserves commendation. These efforts can only make sustainable impact if we give Mr. President the needed support.”
The NLC president said the impact of high cost of governance was more profound at this point in time when the fall in the price of oil in the international market had compounded the performance of the economy, stressing that “it was an opportunity for Nigerians in all spheres of life, especially in public life, to make the necessary sacrifice for the sake of the nation.
“They must learn to forfeit those invisible but criminal allowances and indulgences that balloon the cost of governance. We continue to call for the diversification of the economy as a surer path to putting our economy on a strong footing. Happily, the measures being taken by the government in this direction are desirable,’’ he said.
He called on the government to put in place necessary legislation, policies and programmes for the building of new refineries or boost the local production of petroleum products.
He noted that polices should be part of the strategy for earning and conserving foreign exchange and rebuilding of the economy.

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