Labour Unions call for transparency and good governance

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The organized Labour Unions in Nigeria and their Civil Society elite have called on the National Assembly to enact law that would punish public office holder that looted the nation’s treasury.

The group made the appeal on Thursday while presenting an eighteen point agenda demand to the chairman of the national assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki and the entire Nigerians during the group peaceful rally for good governance and fight against corruption in Abuja.

In his Presentation, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, explained that accountability, transparency and the rule of law must be observed in government for the sake of good governance.

The NLC President also called on Nigerians to end the celebration of corrupt individuals who loot the nation’s treasury for their personal use.
Comrade Wabba added that, the union will not watch few individuals hold Nigeria to ransom.

He further explained that the entire body of the union is fully in support of the federal government anti- corruption crusade; urging the state government to emulate the gesture for economic development of the country.

Comrade also expressed regret on some of the state governors that still owed their workers despite fund received from the Paris club disburse to the state governors by the federal government to settle  workers salaries arrear and allowances.

The protest is necessitated by need for good governance in the face of recession and free for all multiple exchange rate regime, which has very negative effect on manufacturing and other sectors of the economy,” he explained.

On his part, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Bala
Boboyi Kaigama urged the law makers to expedite action in the confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crime Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu as a substantive chairman of the commission.

He also called on the government to take action in the review of
national minimum wage to alleviate the sufferings of the Nigerian work
force.

Also speaking, the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa has appealed to Nigerians irrespective of their religious and ethnic background to join the federal government fight against corruption in the country.

In his address, the Chairman of the National Assembly and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki explained that government is doing all it could to provide palliative measures that would cushion the challenges faced by the Nigerian workers.

The Senate President added that the protest was part of the tenet of democracy which helps to intimate the government and every individual on the need to do the right thing.

Part of the demand of the summit to the Acting President Proffessor Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki include support to fight against corruption, review of minimum wage, provision of palliatives measures,  payment of salary arrears, pension of workers and gratuities among others.

Omolayo.A