This is a summary of the grievances of the Nigerian labour force as conveyed to President mauhammadu Buhari on May Day which is set aside to celebrate workers.
Organised Labour at yesterday’s May Day celebration, told President Muhammadu Buhari that workers and ordinary Nigerians were beginning to lose faith in the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government.
The President, however, assured workers and Nigerians generally that his government was determined to tackle, headlong, all socio-economic ills troubling the nation. He said the government would evolve solutions to emerging threats to the well being of the people and the realization of sustainable development as well as growth anchored on equity and social justice.
But the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, were unanimous in condemning increasing poverty, unemployment, insecurity, erratic power supply, fuel scarcity, and called on government at all levels to urgently address the mounting hardship and frustration in the country according to the Vanguard.
Though both the Ayuba Wabba and Joe Ajaero factions of the NLC held their May Day rallies in Abuja and Lagos respectively, they were united on issues affecting workers and other Nigerians, and called for improved economy and well-being of the people.
Addressing the gathering at Eagle Square in Abuja, factional leader of the NLC, Wabba, urged the President to provide people-based actions and programmes and not elitist programmes. He said the government should come up with discernible strategies and directions that would tell Nigerians where his government was headed economically.