The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has declared their support for Peter Obi the former Governor of Anambra state and Labour Party Presidential flagbearer. The organized labour, on Tuesday said it would work for the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi in the upcoming 2023 presidential elections.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), declared their support to campaign and do everything within their power to ensure that the Labour Party presidential candidate wins and emerges victorious in the 2023 presidential elections. They declared their support in a separate speech made by their Presidents at the 10th anniversary lecture in honour of the labour veteran, late Comrade Pascal Bayau in Abuja
Delivering his speech, the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said that Mr Peter Obi is among the finest Nigerian and the first presidential candidate of Labour Party to be recognized by the Nigeria Labour Congress. He however, declared Nigeria Labour Congress support for the Peter Obi.
He said that the Nigeria Labour Congress will fully mobilize to ensure the victory of Peter Obi in the upcoming 2023 general elections. Ayuba Wabba noted that it became pertinent for the organised labour to fully participate in campaigning to ensure that the candidate whose mantra will make life better for his members and Nigerians at large wins the election, after the union realized that strikes and protests alone cannot change the narratives in Nigeria, especially as it concerns workers welfare and fair treatment to the working people.
On his part, The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, said that all the labour unions are pleased and are ready to work with Peter Obi and that the entire labour movement has accepted, adopted and will support, and ensure workers vote massively for him in the 2023 presidential elections. While describing the party as one who has a formidable and widespread structure, he insisted that Labour Party is the only party for Nigerian workers.
In his address, Mr Peter Obi, said his visit to the leadership of the two labour unions was not to campaign but for a courtesy call, to honour the Organised Labour on whose party and interest he is seeking Nigerians vote in the 2023 general elections.
According to him; “My commitment is to move Nigeria from consumption to production and you can’t talk about production without labour. Labour is the engine of production, capital and machine can’t do anything without labour, because labour is what makes it to work. Because labour is the greatest contributor to production, it has to be properly remunerated.
“I don’t need to tell you how bad things are in this country today. If you are on wages today, Nigerians spend 100 percent of their wages on just feeding. So many don’t even know where their next meal will come from. They pay to train their children only for them finish school and stay at home without work.
“These are issues we need to discuss about. Nobody can be president without sitting down with the labour organization to decide the future of Nigeria. We can no longer have a situation where the leaders are here and workers are there. They must sit on the same table and talk. That is the beginning of the solution, that is what is happening all over the world.
“Nigeria is not a producing country. The collective effect of what we are suffering today is bad leadership. We have a leadership that concentrates on sharing. So you have to move from sharing formula to production formula. This is a country of 200 million people sitting on 923,000 square kilometers of land. They can’t feed themselves, they can’t export anything.
“Total Nigeria’s export including oil is under $2 billion for 200 million population. A similar country, not a first world country, one with the same trajectory with Nigeria in the year 2000, Vetnam, sitting on 331,000 square kilometers of land, a third of Nigeria’s land space and 100 million population, with half of Nigeria’s population, their total earnings last year was $312 billion.”
He said that more than half of the country’s youths of productive age are unemployed. ” This is what the Labour Party is seeking to sit down to discuss for the future of our country.” He added.
He went on to say that borrowing is not the problem of the country as other countries are also borrowing to support their economic development drive. However, he said; “If you borrow for consumption, you are in problem but if you borrow for production, you will progress.”