In a move seen as a direct swipe at the privatisation philosophy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wahab, has threatened to resist any attempt to sell off the nation’s assets in the name of privatisation.
Comrade Wahab who spoke on Tuesday during the 12th Delegate Conference of the Congress in Abuja, said the NLC and the working-class movement have a well-documented position on privatisation.
We have resisted any form of privatisation and any future attempt to sell our assets to individuals and their foreign collaborators in the name of privatisation will be resisted,” he stated.
The Labour leader specifically condemned the reported move to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He believes the incessant industrial crisis experienced both in the health and education sectors is a deliberate strategy of some people in government to make the idea of privatization and sales of public assets in Nigeria appealing.
In a related development, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated that the Federal Government is determined to see to the welfare of Nigerian workers.
“Government is determined to attain the decent work agenda which involves the opportunity for works that are productive and deliver a fair income.
“May I also at this juncture assure the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress of government’s unalloyed support and cooperation towards the struggle for a better workers’ welfare which will invariably enhance the increased productivity and national growth.”
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