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Artisans lament neglect on Local Content Act, seek Buhari’s help

By Owen Akenzua, Asaba   |   13 October 2016   |   1:44 am
Oil refinery

Oil refinery

The Nigeria Welders and Fitters Union (NIWELFU) has lamented Federal Government’s failure to implement the Local Content Act.

The union called on the Federal Government to implement the Act to ensure that Nigerian welders and fitters are given employment priority before welders from foreign countries like Indian, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea that are allowed to come to the country unrestricted to the detriment of the economy.

The union after its NEC Meeting held in Agbarho, Delta State in a resolution signed by its President, Joseph Awala, read in part: “The biggest challenge at the movement facing our union is the Federal Government. We are appealing to Mr. President to assist NIWEFU even as we canvas support for Dangote’s effort in floating a refinery to revamp the ailing oil sector of the Nigeria economy”.

The union opined that welders should train in Nigeria instead of taking them overseas emphasizing that Nigeria has the capacity to train and re-train welders of any specification.

Urging Federal Government to stop casualization of welders and fitters in their workplace, the union urged the Federal Government to do more to ensure that the multi-national companies stop casualization of welders and fitters.

While the resolution stresses the need for all welders and fitters to belong to one group of Nigerian Welders and Fitters Union, the union urged togetherness of its members to build a stronger and more formidable union that will address issues affecting all.

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