President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for understanding of Nigerian workers as the Federal Government attempts to address the pressing issue of the new national minimum wage in the country.
Speaking at the twelfth National Delegate Conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday in Abuja, President Buhari, said the Government is determined to attain the decent work agenda, which involves opportunities to works that are productive and deliver fair income, security in the work place and social protection for families.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said that the present administration regards the NLC as partners in progress and therefore assured the union of the government’s unalloyed support towards its struggle for better workers’ welfare, which would invariably enhance productivity and economic growth in the country.
Earlier, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said that organised labour will resist any attempt to sell the national assets. Wabba said that evidence abounds across the country that privatisation has not done the nation any good as the majority of government-owned enterprises privatised are now comatose.
But the Federal Government has assured the workers that it has no plan to sell any of the nation’s refineries and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), noting that anybody who has such plan does not have the workers’ interest at heart.