Textile workers seek buffer for members in informal sector
The National Union Of Textile, Garment And Tailoring Workers Of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), has appealed to the Federal Government to consider palliative measures for its members in the informal sector, who are largely at the receiving end of the current lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
They said this was pertinent so that workers in the informal sector would not suffer as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers.
To this end, they urged all stakeholders, governments and employers of labour to use the instrumentality of social dialogue to safeguard jobs and workers’ pay during the crisis.
President of NUTGTWN, John Adaji, at the union’s 12th National Delegates conference recently in Abuja, also urged that government should continue to review the situation, and if need be, call a national lockdown immediately to avert new infections and further loss of lives.
Specifically, Adaji, who expressed concern about the devastating impact of the COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of workers, also expressed concern over the pandemic is an impact on the economy.
Meanwhile, the union urged the Federal Government to institute a structured, consistent and sustained policy framework for accelerated growth in the manufacturing sector.
The union commended the Federal Government for its commitment to revive the textile industry through various policy initiatives such as Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) Policy, development financing through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industry (BOI).
They also hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order 003 on support for local content in procurement, forex ban for textile importers and closure of borders to check to smuggle, amongst other important decisions to salvage the industry.
The conference witnessed the immediate retirement of the General Secretary, Issa Aremu, and Deputy General Secretary, Dele Ojo, while Ali Baba, was appointed the Acting General Secretary of the union.