The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday, June 9, has stated that insecurity would persist in Nigeria and, Kaduna State, in particular, owing to the nonchalant attitude of those in governance to the welfare of the citizens.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba.
Wabba said since the attainment of Independence in 1960 successive governments in Nigeria have churned out neo-liberal policies that tend to undermine the welfare of the workforce, which fortunately are the major vehicle for wealth creation.
The NLC president alleged that in one fell swoop El-Rufai laid off 21,000 teachers and replaced them with contract staff who to date has not been given letters of engagement.
He said with N50.7 billion internally generated revenue of the state in 2020 alone; the governor cannot claim to lack funds to pay the minimum wage of just N30, 000.
“Insecurity was thriving in Nigeria because a lot of dependants of those who have been laid off are taking to crime as a means of survival; a development that is alien to advanced nations of the world,” he said.
The NLC President said more often than not politicians make promises to the electorate they cannot keep; including engaging in the manipulation of the workforce; exploiting their vulnerability because of their poor economic status.
“It is not surprising that today collective bargaining agreements are not respected. Meanwhile, there is nowhere in the world where such things obtain; for the working class in Nigeria, I am pained to say that it is not yet Uhuru.
“Workers are at pains because their labour is no longer seen as a priority and respected. Therefore, we must continue to say no to neo-liberal policies of the government; devaluation of the naira has affected workers the most; all these contribute to security challenges we are currently grappling with,” he told the delegates.