President Muhammadu Buhari got a felicitation visit of the organized labour in Aso Rock over his victory at the February 23 Presidential elections and re-election for another four years.
While seeking their support, President Buhari reiterated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must explain where the 592 bn dollars oil wealth of Nigeria went to. This is an estimate of NEITI from 1999 to 2014.
According to President Buhari, “PDP has not successfully explained to the country what they did with the money,” President Buhari said.
“There were no roads, no rail, no power. They said they spent $16 billion on power, but where is the power? The irresponsible expenditure of that period has not been explained, and Nigerians deserve an answer on that terrible mismanagement of the country.”
The President thanked organized labour “for the support and patriotism you have shown during the presidential election, especially after the unexpected postponement. You and your members stepped in to support willing Nigerians to exercise their civic and patriotic rights to vote. You intervened as patriots, and not for political, religious or tribal purposes. You simply did the right thing during a difficult period for many of us.”
On what Nigerians should expect for the next four years of his government, President Buhari said that he will continue to push the Change Agenda, “and remain focused on our core pillars of security, economy, and fight against corruption.”
He pleaded with the Organized Labour to partner with the government to make the country peaceful, prosperous and corruption free.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Comrade Ayuba Wabba also commented and gave a speech appreciating President Buhari for being a worker-friendly President especially with the bail-out funds.
In his speech Wabba said; “We all remember the special bailout and budget support you introduced to support state governments during the recession. Your directive during this intervention was that state governments must offset accumulated arrears of salaries and pension liabilities. I remember you publicly asked state governors, ‘how do you manage to sleep at night when the salaries of workers in your state are not paid?’
“For us, that was one of the finest moments we have had with any President in this country…I can stand here today and say your intervention was the difference between life and death for many workers.”
Ayuba Wabba appealed to the National Assembly to earnestly pass the National Minimum Wage Act, while also asking the President to thereafter sign it into law within the shortest possible time. The New Minimum Wage bill has been sent to the National Assembly for passage already.
Organized labour pledged to remain “veritable partner in progress with government,” counseling the President to continue to “make the Nigerian people, especially the poor, the centre-piece of your policy initiatives and actions.”