|Ayuba Wabba, NLC President|
Nigeria Labour Congres, NLC, has said that, it will mount a robust campaign for the generation of mass jobs in the year 2020, saying that the already existing jobs would also be made decent.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has said that labour is perfecting plans for a National Job Summit in 2020, adding that organized labour will get stakeholders: experts, policymakers, concerned demographics and workers on a roundtable to find solutions to Nigeria’s burgeoning unemployment crisis.
Wabba, while speaking to journalists in Abuja urge compatriots especially the elites to in the spirit of growing the economy and creating jobs, change their consumption habits, stating that “We must consume what we produce and patronize made in Nigeria products”
Speaking on the implementation of the new minimum wage, NLC boss implored states that are yet to comply, including those that have not commence negotiation with labour on the consequential wage adjustment to speedily do the needful.
Wabba, stated that in tandem with their position as adopted and communicated after a stakeholders’ meeting on December 11, 2019, organized labour reiterated that it will not guarantee industrial harmony in states that fail to implement the new national minimum wage.
He therefore directed state councils to be on the standby to robustly engage state governments that fail to obey their laws, adding that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay the approved minimum wage.
According to him, “We wish to remind state Governors that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay the new national minimum wage. The ongoing revelations on the monumental looting perpetrated by former governors prove that only intent to loot and deadened conscience not availability of resources would be the reason any governor would hesitate to pay workers the N30, 000 new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in salaries”
On security of the nation, Wabba asserted that the Nigerian workers under the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress will continue to work assiduously towards the promotion of national security, peace and unity of the country.
He said, “We will continue to put the needed weight on the things that unite us and hold in contempt the things that seek to divide us. We encourage our political leaders to exemplify the same by their utterances and conduct. By so doing, we would be laying an enduring foundation for national peace, unity, and development.
“In 2020, we demand that government must prioritize the security of lives and property. Nigeria has seen enough bloodshed. While we commend the sacrifice and commitment of our soldiers and other security personnel in the war against terrorist insurgency and other violent crimes across Nigeria, we urge government to do all it takes to end the bloodletting and brigandage in different parts of the country.
“As we have always canvassed, the war against insecurity must be anchored on human security. We must feed hungry stomachs. We must create jobs to engage our youths. An idle mind is devil’s workshop”