The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), has called for restructuring that would bring good governance, sustainable development and social justice as the country approaches the 2023 general election and beyond.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said this at the ‘2022 Workers Political Conference’, with the theme: “Commitment to National Emancipation and Development through Effective Political Engagement by Workers“, which was held on Wednesday, in Abuja.
According to Wabba, the Conference seeks to set the Labour Agenda as a guide to our affiliates and workers and for engagement with Nigeria’s political class at federal, State, local government and ward levels.
He noted that the purpose of the Political Conference was to reconstruct the critical bridge of issue-based politics that accommodates the interests of Nigerian workers and people.
According to him, “Our determination is that in the run-up to the 2023 elections, we must not allow professional politicians to evade critical questions of national development.
The NLC president also said the demand posits that politicians should no longer be allowed to send their kids to schools abroad or treat their sicknesses in foreign hospitals, while the poor are trapped in an endless strike and poor medical facilities.
He also demanded the promotion of decent work conditions for workers including equal pay for work of equal value, training, predictable promotion and affordable housing close to workers’ places of work,’’ he said.
Wabba said the demand also called for prompt payment of pension and other retirement benefits to the aged pensioners and the protection of all trade union rights, among others.
According to him, the next step is to engage politically. We must be ready to engage political parties, especially the Workers Political Party and progressive political interests across the country.
He said this was to ensure that a significant number of candidates who would vie for elective positions in 2023 subscribe to the provisions of our Charter.
He commended the signing of the Electoral Act 2022 into law, adding that, ”it is helpful that the Act allows INEC to fully deploy electronic voting systems for future elections.
“We hope that this will help us achieve one-man-one-vote and one-woman-one-vote. We expect workers’ votes to count in 2023. We expect free, fair and credible elections.
“In 2023, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that all votes count and in case you are still wondering why Nigerian workers are now very passionate about engagement with partisan politics”.