Ahead of today’s Workers’ Day celebration worldwide, organised labour in Nigeria yesterday declared that they would fight cartels hindering the growth of the country’s oil industry.
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, who spoke yesterday in Abuja on the activities lined up for the event, which holds on May 1 every year, said that the poor wellbeing of their members would not be allowed to deteriorate further.
The Workers’ Day celebration will begin with road shows in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria, a lecture by Prof. Asisi Asobie and a mega rally at the Eagle Square, Abuja, today.
Chairman of the NLC-TUC Joint May Day Planning Committee, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, said that 2015 Workers’ Day lecture with theme: “The Working Class, Democratic Consolidation and Economic Revival: Charting the Way to a National Rebirth” will provide opportunity for the working people to reflect on their struggles and present a demand to incoming administration.
He reaffirmed that the labour movement in Nigeria was committed to challenging the incoming administration to evolving policies and programmes which would have positive impact on Nigerians.
At a symposium in Abuja yesterday, one of the programmes outlined for the event, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, vowed that the Labour movement would play its roles in ensuring that the welfare of workers is prioritised by the incoming administration.
He said: “As leaders leading this movement, we are committed to the wellbeing of workers and the larger Nigerian masses. The challenges are so daunting, the economy is dwindling and politicians are trying to pass the bulk to us. Many states which did not pay salaries used the money for political campaigns. You elected us and we are answerable to you. We take instructions from you and transmit it to the government.
“We are happy that the cardinal principle of the incoming administration is transparency. We will charge them to unravel the corruption in the petroleum sector. The report of 2012 investigation of the management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, should be brought to a logical conclusion.
“Why can’t we, as a nation, produce and refine fuel products for our local consumption after 16 years of democracy. Some people who are benefiting from it will prefer the status quo to remain, but we must advance the interest of the majority against that of the few people controlling the resources of the nation,” he said.

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