Oshiomhole Challenges Organised Labour On 2015 to improve Jobs and Businesses
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged organised labour to strategise and grab political power by 2015 to end the circle of bad governance and poverty in the country.
Oshiomhole who made the call in goodwill message at pre-May Day Symposium organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress also noted that action, rather than sound, would make the difference.
“I challenge the organised labour in the country to get prepared to take over the democratic governance of Nigeria by 2015 since the agitations by workers in the country for better welfare system from the government would not translate to development, rather labour movement should take over the leadership of Nigeria because labour from its birth in 1914 has a richer leadership history than that of the political magicians of the state.
“We should not be carried away by idealism that there are people who over the years have sort to help themselves by monetizing the pains of the poor, today assistant directors are alleged to be helping themselves with huge sums of money, so you cannot afford not to be vigilant, let me also say that when we talk of corruption, we should not just be looking at institutions of state, federal local and state governments,” Oshiomhole said.
The governor stressed that only action will save Nigeria.
He said “… so placards, rallies will not change Nigeria, what will change Nigerians is when all of you here refuse to be members of the political parties supporters club; you must be the drivers of our politics, you have the skill they lack, the power to mobilize, the power to persuade, the power to enlighten and educate and live by example.”
On his part, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim said the Federal Government has adopted a democratic approach in its dealings with organised labour in the country so as to reduce the cost of doing business and encourage investments that will create jobs in the country.
Anyim who was chairman at the symposium “within the few years of this administration, we have been able to introduce a paradigm shift in Government-Labour relations from the usual adversarial approach to labour issues to an unprecedented democratic approach, which sees labour movement as partners in progress.
“In the context of the partnership between the present administration and labour, I believe that together we can achieve a lot as attracting new investments by reducing the cost of doing business as well as addressing issues which make the business environment in Nigeria hostile.
NLC President Comrade Abdulwahed Omar and his counterpart in the TUC Comrade Peter Esele said organised labour will continue to fight corruption and will ensure that Nigerians are not short changed with regards to quality living standards.
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