The Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi has promised assistance from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), as well as active campaigning.
The pledge was made by the presidents of the NLC and TUC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Quadri Olaleye, during their respective welcome remarks at the 10th-anniversary lecture in honor of the late Pascal Bayau, the third president of the NLC, on Tuesday, June 28 in Abuja.
According to Comrade Wabba, Obi is one of the best Nigerians and the first Labour Party presidential candidate to be approved by the Labor Center.
Additionally, he recalled that labor unions had come to the realization that strikes and protests alone would not be sufficient to alter Nigeria’s narratives. As a result, they had decided to fully enter politics and work hard to support candidates whose platform would improve life for both their members and Nigerians in general.
Olaleye claimed that Obi is a face that all labor unions are happy to embrace and are prepared to work with. He added that the labor movement as a whole has welcomed and adopted Obi and will ensure that workers turn out in large numbers to support him in the 2023 presidential elections.
He added that the Labour Party was united, powerful, and stronger. The TUC president continued by stating that the party had a widespread structure because every family in Nigeria had both a worker and a member of the TUC or NLC.
The Labour Party, he argued, was the only party that represented Nigerian workers.
The former governor of Anambra state claimed that his visit to the leaders of the two labor centers was merely a courtesy call and not an attempt to win support for his party or cause among Nigerians in the general elections in 2023.
“My commitment is to transition Nigeria from consumption to production, and you cannot discuss production without labor,” he declared.
Production is driven by labor; while capital and machinery are capable of doing anything, labor is what makes it all happen.
The greatest contributor to output is labor, hence it needs to be well compensated. “I don’t need to remind you of how dire the situation is in our nation right now.
If you work in Nigeria today, you will spend your whole salary on food. So many people don’t even know where they will get their next meal.
Only after paying for training do their kids graduate from school and remain at home idle.
We must talk about these topics. No one may hold the office of president in Nigeria without first consulting the labor union about the country’s future.
“The situation where the leaders are here and the workers are there cannot continue. They must converse while seated at the same table.
What is happening all over the world is the beginning of the solution: “Nigeria is not a producing country. Bad leadership is the result of our current problems as a whole. Our leadership places a strong emphasis on sharing.
Therefore, you must switch from the sharing formula to the production formula. “On 923,000 square kilometers of territory, 200 million people live in this nation. They are unable to export anything and cannot even feed themselves.
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