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Stop blaming past governments, NLC tells Buhari


The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

• Tasks President to tackle poverty, create jobs, others
• Moves to raise youth wing

The Federal Government must move away from blaming individuals, parties and social happenings and instead focus on the re-positioning the economy through introduction of policies that will drive growth and create jobs.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Youth conference, President of Congress, Wabba Ayuba, explained that the present administration was voted into office to create enabling environment for the creation of wealth and economic prosperity.

Wabba explained that the present government cannot extricate some members of the ruling party as well as cabinet members of the present government from the rot of yesteryears.

He added: “In trying to look at the economic challenges currently bedeviling the nation, some of the commentators, including the governors who were part of the previous administrations, are not ready to take responsibility. They take delights in shifting blames. What we are saying is that the issue must be situated within context of those that are in power. It should not be issue of shifting the goal post when the game is almost over. The issue is about taking responsibility and look at how best to address the challenges.”

Giving an indication that youths would be groomed at early stage to be a part of the trade union movement, Wabba highlighted that gap that currently exists within the movement occasioned by lack of youth participation.

He hinted that while NLC would encourage unions to establish youth wings, the state councils would also be directed to create youth wing.

A set of leaders of the Youth wing of the NLC is expected to emerge today as voting goes underway this morning (Wednesday) in Abuja.

The NLC boss also urged government and political parties to desist from appointing people who are above 35 years of age as youth leaders.

The NLC boss declared that the inability of some state governors to pay workers’ salaries is not just about the economic recession, which Nigeria is currently experiencing, but endemic corruption.

“Salaries are not paid in many states not because the resources are not there, but because of the inherent corruption in the system. Corruption fight should also be extended to states and local governments. Wherever there is element of corruption, whoever is involved, the law must take it course.

“There should be investigation. There should be fair trial within the confine of the law and whoever is found wanting, those funds should be recovered and prosecution should follow to serve as a deterrent,” he insisted.

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