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Nigeria’s problems more complicated because focus is on 2023, NLC says

The group said government at all levels should be more concerned about ensuring the peace and security of every citizen.

• May 1, 2022
Ayuba Wabba
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba (Credit: Daily Post)

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the country’s challenges have become complicated because much attention is on the forthcoming elections rather than good governance.

NLC chairman Ayuba Wabba, in commemoration of Workers Day, said the government’s constitutional responsibility was peace, stability, security, and good governance.

Announcing the 2022 May Day theme as “Labour, Politics, the Quest for Good Governance and National Development”, the NLC boss said the problems had remained the same despite protests and strikes.

“The constitutional responsibility of every government is about ensuring the peace and security of every citizen. This is what is supposed to occupy our political elite today, and it is not about the next circle of elections.

“Importantly, it will require a political solution, with the best of strike and best of protest; you can see that the problems have remained the same,” he said.

Mr Wabba added, “clearly speaking, we are still not out of the wood yet; the situation has become even more complicated. There are many challenges in the security spheres and other social vices in the country.”

He, however, lamented that workers have been at the receiving end, stating that with the challenges, their salaries wouldn’t take them home, yet they are still on the front line.

“In all of these, workers have been on the receiving end, in spite of the insecurity, some of our workers have to frontally engage in the issue of insecurity, such as the police, military and para-military, health workers,” he said.

A statement signed by Mr Wabba and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the national celebration of this year’s May Day would take place on May 1, by 10:00 a.m., at the Eagle Square, Abuja.


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