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Labour lauds N’ Assembly on plans to review legislators’ pay

NLC President, Wabba

NLC President, Wabba

CITING responsiveness, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the National Assembly for Ssetting up a committee to review the pay of legislators in line with the economic reality in the country.

Also, the NLC warned the public, particularly employers of labour, federal and state governments “to beware of sweet-heart unionists and election riggers masquerading as the leaders of the NLC, when indeed they are agents of some sections of government”.

The NLC in a statement said that with this singular legislative act of reviewing the salaries and allowances of lawmakers, “the 8th National Assembly has shown a commendable sensitivity in listening to the aspirations and concern of Nigerians as articulated by the NLC under our leadership.”

The Deputy President of the NLC, Issa Aremu in the statement added :”we will partner with the leadership of the National Assembly to evolve a sustainable legislative agenda”, stressing, “in particular, we will support the National Assembly to ensure legislations that will reindustrialize the country, promote productivity and generate wealth and prosperity.”

However, he explained that “some areas begging for critical legislations are Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Industry Patronage Bill, power sector reforms and other extant laws to reposition critical government parastatals such as Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) among others”.

Besides, the labour leader commended President Muhammadu Buhari for redirecting the energy of the military from internal to external security challenges, pointing out that “the removal of the military on the roads will facilitate movement of goods and people; economic security of citizens is as important as the physical security”.

Aremu however, stated that the “ Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase must however make sure his men and women do not turn check points to extortion centres”.

Aremu argued: “the self-acclaimed President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba has just issued a silly unprovoked and prejudiced statement claiming we do not speak for the Congress. After he had dragged affiliate union members to court over NLC delegates election, Ayuba in utter disregard of court process criminally declare legitimate union leaders imposters. He certainly wanted to once again to rig the court process as he criminally rigged the failed 11th delegates Conference”.
He said: “we hereby assure all our members and progressive allies in civil society that we are not distracted by sponsored attack to silence the voices of the organized labour.”

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