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Fuel Price Hike: NLC Is Dead, Can’t Do Anything About It – Wike

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Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has lampooned the labour movement in Nigeria for his or her indifference to the incessant increment in pump price of petroleum products, electricity tariff and insecurity within the country.

He said labour movement within the country is dead because it’s lost its force of engagement with government and hardly are able to do anything good for the generality of the workforce and Nigerians.

Governor Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of the union Congress (TUC) Secretariat Building, performed by the National President of TUC, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, on Friday in Ozuoba Town of Obio/Akpor government Area of Rivers State.

The Rivers State Governor observed that the leadership of labour has left substance to pursue shadows and hardly can speak during a manner which will change or achieve reversal of the various anti-people policies being implemented by the Progressives Congress (APC) led federal .
Governor Wike stated that under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the leadership of labour mobilised Nigeria workers against a number of his policies because he’s from a minority ethnos , but have lost their voice under a majority tribe president.

“It is unfortunate that labour has abandoned their role during this country. you’re chasing things that are personal to you. everywhere the planet , when government isn’t going the proper way, it’s labour that comes bent say we cannot allow it. Majority of our people are civil servants and have others to cater for. But since the inception of this government, labour has died.

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“Under Former President Goodluck Jonathan, labour was alive. They said the country must come down because he’s from a minority area. But check out what’s happening. There’s increase in fuel pump price, insecurity, and increase of electricity tariff. Where is labour? Where is TUC, where is NLC? the sole thing I hear is wage .

He further continued: “Let the planet hear it, labour has died. Nigerians cannot get anything substantive from you. Labour is like an opposition party. Labour doesn’t work for any ruling government, no. But now you people are working for ruling government, but under Jonathan, occupy Nigeria. which is why we are saying there’s such a lot injustice during this country. Because I come from an area , a minority area, you’ll treat me any how, but once you come from the opposite side nobody can touch you. that’s not how this country should move forward. Be firm and take decision and know that was is wrong is wrong and let Nigerians believe in you.”

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Speaking on the TUC Building, Governor Wike said his administration has provided the Secretariat to strengthen the independence of labour in order that it can perform its duties effectively.

“Mr President, what we’ve done here is our own little contribution to form your people independent and work for the interest of the country, not for the interest of only wage . This wage will come when it’ll come. No governor is anti-workers . I even have brothers and sisters who are civil servants, so how will I be against them. But we must do things in ways in which things are alleged to be done.”

He urged labour to always engage his administration concerning the larger issues that approach workers productivity and welfare beyond the stress for check-off dues.

The governor while reacting to labour’s opposition against National Assembly decide to remove the difficulty of wage from the exclusive list to concurrent list, insisted that workers must be realise that the financial capacity of the federating states differ.

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“Let us face reality, if we are to work true federalism, you can’t say that the person who is in Sokoto should earn an equivalent thing with the person who is in Lagos, it’s impossible . The house rent in Lagos is costlier than house rent in Sokoto. you can’t say that the person in Logo should earn an equivalent thing with the person who is in Rivers . So people should be very realistic.

“In America, somebody who works in California cannot earn an equivalent with the person working in Chicago. No. You people say federal should fix salary. How can federal fix salary for me? He didn’t employ you. I employed you. I sit down with you, we negotiate, then you say federal should fix what everybody will earn”.

Inaugurating the TUC Secretariat, National President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye applauded Governor Wike for completing the project and not abandoning it after the groundbreaking .

According to Olaleye, the governor’s achievements has made him controversial that was why he was one among those that also castigated Governor Wike for his contributions to the judiciary but he understands it better now.

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