Why Osifo emerged TUC President, by Okon
The election of Festus Osifo will ensure the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has a formidable voice not just within the trade union movement, but when government is taking decisive steps on economic matters such as oil and gas sector, President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Dr. Tommy Okon has said.
Okon insisted that the TUC did not make a mistake to pick its president from the fold of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), saying the labour centre is convinced Osifo understands the terrain.
“It is a welcome development because TUC will now have a formidable voice. Not just within the socio-economic space, but have a very deep voice because the oil and gas sector is the economic mainstay of the country. We now have a president who is from that sector, which presupposes that the TUC president understands the nitty-gritty and operational dynamics of the sector. That will help to put to rest some of the developmental issues, especially in the sector that was not hitherto known to the public,” he said.
While Okon agreed that robotics and technological advancement in the work arena is becoming more pronounced, he insisted that human intervention would continually be required to drive production.
His words: “Computers and robots will not operate themselves. The human element will continue to be relevant even if the labour force is fully automated. Labour cannot be used and dumped. There is no waste when it comes to labour. Other factors of production such as money, land and equipment might not be relevant at some points, but labour will forever be needed.”
On the threat posed to production and employability of the economy, Okon urged the Federal Government to seek foreign help to restore normalcy to the country.
He added: “If the government is borrowing money to improve the economy, why would the government not borrow manpower to improve security? The argument that we are a sovereign nation and can therefore not bring war contractors does not make sense at all. The only way Nigeria can surmount insecurity is to seek help of experts that are littered all around the world. Our Police and other security outfits have all been compromised. Are some of their unprofessional conducts not on social media?”
Okon maintained that the Nigerian security apparatus is compromised going by what transpired at the Kuje prison invasion by terrorists.