2 May 2014

Nigeria: Labour Leaders Have Failed Nigerians - Gov Amaechi

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Cross section of Nigerian workers, during the 2014 Workers Day.

Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi has accused the current national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of failing to live up to the expectation of Nigerians.

Amaechi, who disclosed this yesterday while speaking at the 2014 Workers' Day celebration in Port Harcourt, said the leadership of the two labour unions have failed to find the solution to the problems currently facing the country.

The governor said: "Listening to the TUC chairman, he took me back to my school days; he was able to analyse the problems of Nigeria. But typical of the current leadership of NLC and TUC in Nigeria, they know the problem, they know the solution, but they don't want to go for the solution. I don't know why they don't want to go for the solution.

"There has never been any successful democracy in Nigeria without the contribution of NLC and the TUC. What is happening currently is frightening to me."

He stated that Nigeria will never change until labour unions, student unions and the masses of the country take up the challenge to correct the wrongs in the country.

In his address, Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, Comrade Hyginus Chika Onuegbu, said apart from the fact that no day passes without report of the massacre of Nigerians by their fellow Nigerians, there are also structural and cultural violence against Nigerians.

Onuegbu said; "Our Governor Sir, kindly permit me to respectfully remind us that hardly does any day pass in Nigeria, without a report of a massacre of Nigerians by Nigerians or at least, coordinated by Nigerians. Hardly does a day pass, without the report of a major violent crime committed against Nigerians by Nigerians. Hardly does a day pass, without the story of how large sums of money are stolen by Nigerians who are in positions of trust.

"Hardly does a day pass without the stories of how Nigerian crude oil is brazenly stolen by oil thieves assisted by their collaborators in high places. The revelations at the various probes by the National Assembly are heart breaking as billions of Naira (and now trillions of Naira) meant for the improvement in the welfare and condition of living of ordinary Nigerians are brazenly stolen."

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