President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama yesterday frowned at the slow pace of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly with his inability to revive the economy, provide security and food on the table of Nigerians.
The labour leader, while delivering a goodwill message at the beginning of the 10th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association, CCESSA, an affiliate of TUC, in Abuja yesterday, admitted to the recent advise to the president by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, while on a visit to the president that he (President) should focus on reviving the economy while fighting corruption, and not put the economy and the nation at a standstill while diverting the strengths to the fight against corruption.
In the words of the labour leader, “Change they promised Nigerians is not only pursuing after officials with several allegations of corruption. It is about putting food on the table of Nigerians and securing the lives and properties.”
Meanwhile, the outgoing National President of CCESSA, Comrade Augustine Etafo, in his opening remarks expressed fear that the current economic situation of the country may force the construction companies to further lay off staff possibly as a result of their inability to meet their financial obligations and “the problem is that the workers are the ones that we had trained over the years.
He solicited for a bailout from the government for the construction industry. Obviously, this is one of the leading employment providers and should be bailed out of its present predicament by paying the money owed the contractors as a way forward from the unemployment problems.
He was unhappy that casualisation and contract staffing for jobs that should ordinarily be permanent and pensionable is now becoming a new development especially in the construction industry in Nigeria. “Several reasons have been attributed to this, but the truth is that the contractors want to cut cost by all means possible so that the human capital could be treated as robots.”
However, the Managing Director of Julius Berger construction company, Engr. Detlev Lubash, admitted that industry is in dire straits, obviously occasioned by non-payment for ongoing and already completed jobs.
Represented by Mr. Moses Aniete, the Julius Berger MD, encouraged all industry players to share knowledge and experience in order to keep the industry afloat.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh in his remark thank the outgoing executives for their commitment to the transformation of the union.
He promised to always work and support whoever will emerge as the successor of the outgoing President.
The two days delegate conference with the theme, “Infrastructural Deficit in Nigeria: The Role of the Construction Industry” is expected to provide an opportunity for the election of new executives to succeed the Comrade Augustine Etafo led Executives.

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