This Day (Lagos)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: 2015 - NLC Plans to Take Over Labour Party

Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Emmanuel Ajoku, Wednesday hinted that the leadership of the congress had resolved to take over the running of the Labour Party (LP) so as to ensure effective and good governance of the country in the 2015.

Already, Ajoku said the congress had commenced moves across the country to search for people of proven integrity and credentials that would be used for the exercise in the next general election.

Ajoku, who is also the National President, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE) dropped the hint in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, shortly after performing the official inauguration of the state secretariat of AUPCTRE in Ilorin.

According to him, "The resolve of the NLC to take full control of the LP is to provide an alternative platform for Nigerians so as to have good governance in the polity."

He said: The people of the country are not allegedly feeling better under these various political parties that had been ruling the country and with the resolution of the congress, Nigerians would be okayed under the Labour Party governance in the country."

Ajoku added: "The signal to this resolution was the recent solidarity showed in Ondo State during the last October governorship election in that state that gave electoral victory to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Labour Party."

On the menace of corruption in the country, the deputy national president of NLC stated that the development has continued to have serious economic effects on the populace.

He said: "Except in the oil industry where as a result of our astounding corruption, there is no evidence of serious commitment to tackle corruption.

"There is no gainsaying that our nation can never grow until we are determined and committed to tackle the menace of corruption."

The national president of AUPCTRE also called on the Federal Government to ensure the rehabilitation of nation's refineries so as to reduce the sufferings of Nigeria on the issue of fuel subsidy.

He, therefore, condemned the way and manner the Federal Government embarked on the privatisation of PHCN, saying that government which set up the Comrade Hassan Sunmonu-led committee to reconcile and make necessary recommendations capable of resolving the problem did not wait for the report of the committee before it commenced the process of sacking PHCN workers.

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