The Trade Union Congress TUC has slammed the federal government for the country’s rising cost of living, claiming that it has undercut the benefits of the National Minimum Wage, which some states have yet to implement.
While cautioning the administration to “avoid mortgaging the future of Nigeria,” the congress also expressed concern over the country’s high level of foreign borrowings, asking the government to take advantage of the country’s natural resources.
Mohammad Yunusa, the TUC’s National Treasurer who also serves as the President-General of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-Owned Companies, announced this to journalists in Abuja shortly after the Central Working Committee meeting on Saturday.
Yunusa further stated that members of the organisation strongly opposed the recent spate of kidnappings and uncontrolled abductions of school children, tertiary students, and road users in Nigeria.
Reading the communique, which he co-signed with SSASCGOC, General Secretary Ayo Olorunfemi, urged the federal government to seek methods to improve the general welfare of Nigerian people and workers.
He noted that increasing economic diversity, increased productivity, and the drawing of direct foreign investments into the country might all help.
Yunusa said, “CWC in-session condemns in strong terms the spate of kidnappings and the unbridled abductions of school children, students in tertiary institutions and travellers on Nigerian roads”.
We call on all levels of government to rise to their responsibilities of safeguarding the lives and property of citizens.
We all know that a society that is not educated will not prosper because education is the backbone of development and travelling is part of education.
CWC in session is alarmed at the rising cost of living in the country that has made minced meat of the National Minimum Wage, which some states are yet to implement.
CWC in session vehemently detests the heavy government external borrowings to avoid mortgaging the future of Nigeria. We call on the government to look inwards to harness the country’s natural endowments.
“The bane of corruption in the society has assumed a hydra-headed level as the future of Nigerians yet unborn is being mortgaged. Where public institutions are looted and monies recovered are not properly accounted for”.
“Therefore, the Federal Government of Nigeria and all citizens must genuinely confront and defeat corruption through deterrent penalties”.