Workers Day: Nothing is Working in Nigeria, says TUC
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) Kaduna State Council, at the weekend expressed disappointment over the deteriorating situation of the socioeconomic in the country.
TUC noted that nothing is working in Nigeria since independence, saying “It is quite difficult today to really say this is where we have gotten it right as a country since the gained of independence. There is so much impunity in our land, it is our hope that the nationwide celebration would spur our leaders to action.
The State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Abdullahi Danfulani said at a Press Conference in commemoration of the 2022 workers day with the theme “Labour, politics and the quest for good Governance and Development in Nigeria”.
“It is in recognition of the prevailing realities in our soci-economic life, the ongoing economic uncertainty, job losses are increasing in geometric manner and factories are closing shops, death of forex scarcity, high rate of insecurity in the land to a level that today in Nigeria, hardly 20% of the over 200 million Nigerians sleep with their two eyes closed.
“Our economy is almost stretched out, corruption is hitting us real bad and fighting back. There is paucity of infrastructure, lack of political will to diversify the economy, weak naira, depletion of external reserve among others, in fact our economy is sick, our call on our leaders to do the needful cannot be over emphasized hence we have the human and material resources to endanger development.
“It is high time we realized that we cannot compete in the present millennium with an academic curriculum that was drafted over three decades ago and above all, constant strikes by ASUU due to refusal of government to implement collective bargaining agreements.
“We are using this medium to call on government to as a matter of urgency resume back to the table of negotiations with the academic staff union of universities and other unions alike with a view of reaching an agreement to suspend the over three month old strike in the country.” Comrade Abdullahi, explained.
He added that the deteriorating security situation in the country has reached an alarming state from the North to the south from the east to the west.
“The incidents of kidnappers, cattle rustling, Arm banditry and other sectarian crises, the country was virtually at war with itself.
“On our part we had called for a more robust and coordinated fight against the insurgents on our land and a more transparent process in the huge military contracts. We had made a point, that if we stood together in sincerity and unity, no army in the world could beat us.” He said.
On the 2023 election, the TUC Chairman advised Nigerians to vote wisely.