As Nigerians join the rest of the world today to welcome the brand new year, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has commended Nigerians, particularly those at the leadership positions for their various contributions to the peace and unity of Nigeria and charged them to do more in 2016.
In a New Year message, the NLC acknowledged 2015 to be eventful and challenging for workers in particular, and Nigerians in general due to a number of developments in the polity, which tested their resilience and patience.
“The March/April general elections took place against the backdrop of a lot of apprehensions and doomsday predictions that Nigeria would be unable to overcome the crisis that would emanate from the elections.
“The outstanding performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the remarkable statesmanship displayed by the then president, Jonathan, as well as the firmness of his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, combined to give Nigeria its first authentic transition from one ruling party to the other in our 55-year history as an independent nation,” the statement noted.
President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who signed the New Year message, challenged President Buhari to leverage on the goodwill he enjoys from Nigerians, particularly the poor masses, to restore the glory of Nigeria and deliver on his campaign promises.
“As the working people and the rest of the poor mass of our people enter into the New Year, against the backdrop of uncertainties and other challenges, and considering the massive support Nigerians gave President Buhari as a symbol and icon of change, they expectedly harbour tremendous expectations that his government will deliver on a number of areas and provide succour that has for decades eluded them.
“For the NLC as a vanguard organisation of the Nigerian working class, we wish to use the occasion of the New Year to remind the government of the few requests that we have presented to the government with the hope that speedy attention would be given to them.”
It stressed the need for government to focus on policies that would better the lives of Nigerians in 2016.
Against the background of adverse economic situation, the congress accused political leaders of looking for scapegoats for their mismanagement of the economy and lack of foresight on the way forward for the Nigerian workers and the downtrodden masses.
Meanwhile, the Congress has renewed its commitment to the tradition of leading as the vanguard of the oppressed people of Nigeria.
“In doing this, we shall act and conduct ourselves in a responsible manner and in ways dictated by the renowned principles of the working class movement. We shall use the democratic structures of our organisation and liaise with our allies when the need arises as we prepare to engage government and other critical stakeholders,” the statement said.
It, however, solicited the support and prayers of Nigerian workers and the masses in the New Year for the realisation of better life for all average Nigerians.


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  • vic

    NLC LEADERSHIP, MR WABA, SHOW YOUR LEADERSHIP AND RELEVANCE TO NIGERIAN WORKFORCE.

    BY NOW, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING NEW MINIMUM WAGE WITH BUHARI. THE MINIMUM WAGE OF N18000 HAS BEEN COMPLETELY ERODED BY HIGH INFLATION AND 30% DEVALUATION OF NAIRA WHILE THE MINISTERS, GOVERNORS, THE PRESIDENCY CONTINUE TO GET FAT SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES RUNNING INTO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF NAIRA FOR EACH OF THEM. THIS STATUS QUO CANNOT BE RIGHT AND CANNOT CONTINUE, SOCIAL JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL IN THE COUNTRY FOR PEACE, HARMONY AND PROGRESS.

    UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCE, AS SUGGESTED EARLIER, THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD NOW BE AT LEAST N30000 . SO NLC AND TUC LEADERSHIPS GET MOVING WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY AND POSTURING. THE FATES OF WORKERS IS IN YOUR HANDS. MEASURE UP TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE WORKERS OF NIGERIA.