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2023: NLC, TUC Pledge To Work For Emergence of Peter Obi As President

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have vowed to back Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in 2023, and to do all in their power to assure his victory.

The commitment was made by the presidents of the NLC and TUC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Quadri Olaleye, during their respective welcoming remarks on Tuesday in Abuja at the lecture celebrating the tenth anniversary of the late Pascal Bayau, the third president of the NLC.

High-profile labor leaders and members in attendance at the lecture were addressed by Wabba, who described Obi as one of the best Nigerians and the first Labour Party presidential candidate to be accepted by the labor Center.

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The NLC President declared that the Congress was firmly behind the Labour Party candidate and will mobilize to the fullest extent possible to guarantee the party’s triumph in the general elections in 2023.

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Additionally, he recalled that labor unions had come to the realization that strikes and protests alone would not be sufficient to alter Nigeria’s narratives. As a result, they had decided to fully enter politics and work hard to support candidates whose platform would improve life for both their members and Nigerians in general.

According to Olaleye, Obi is a face that all labor unions are happy to support and are prepared to work with as president. The labor movement as a whole has embraced and adopted Obi as a candidate and will guarantee that workers turn out in large numbers to support him in the 2023 elections.

He said that the Labour Party was more powerful, one and formidable.

The NLC or TUC has a member in every family in Nigeria, the TUC president said, demonstrating the party’s extensive organization.

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The Labour Party, he argued, was the only party that represented Nigerian workers.

The former governor of Anambra said that his visit to the heads of the two labor centers was only a courtesy trip to show respect for Organized Labour, on whose behalf and behalf of which he was seeking Nigerians’ votes in the general elections of 2023.

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Obi said: “My commitment is to move Nigeria from consumption to production and you can’t talk about production without labour. Labour is the engine of production, capital and machines can do anything but labour is what makes it work. Because labour is the greatest contributor to production, it has to be properly remunerated.

“I don’t need to tell you how bad things are in this country today. if you are on wages, today Nigerians spend 100 per.cent of their wages on just feeding. So many don’t even know where their next meal will come from. They pay to train their children only for them to finish school and stay at home without work.

“These are issues we need to discuss. Nobody can be president without sitting down with the labour organisation to decide the future of Nigeria.

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“We can no longer have a situation where the leaders are here and workers are there. They must sit on the same table and talk. That is the beginning of the solution, that is what is happening all over the world.

“Nigeria is not a producing country. The collective effect of what we are suffering today is bad leadership. We have a leadership that concentrates on sharing. So you have to move from sharing formula to production formula.

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“This is a country of 200 million people sitting on 923,000 square kilometers of land. They can’t feed themselves, they can’t export anything.

“Total Nigeria’s export including oil is under $2 billion for 200 million people. A similar country, not a first world country, one with the same trajectory with Nigeria in the year 2000, Vietnam, sitting on 331,000 square kilometers of land, a third of Nigeria’s land space and 100 million population, with half of Nigeria’s population, their total earnings last year was $ 312 billion.”

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He said that more than half of the country’s youths of productive age were unemployed, stating “This is what the Labour Party is seeking to sit down to discuss for the future of our country.”

 

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