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Workers’ Day: Buhari’s Change Agenda Was A Scam – Labour Unions Say

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The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, Sunday, May 1, 2016, have described President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as an administration laden with unfulfilled promises.

Leaders of the two unions at the celebration of the workers’ day concluded that the President Buhari’s change agenda was a scam as nothing has changed since his emergence as President of Nigeria on May 29, 2015.

THE AUTHORITY reports that neither the state governors had also done well as they have all failed to meet their promises to workers for the past one year they have been in office across the country.

The workers have therefore agreed to take the bull by the horn and fight for what belongs to them, lest the Nigerian government continues in its deception while workers feel the pangs of the failed and insensitive government of the country.

The workers who gathered at Eagle Square on Sunday scored President Buhari in almost all sectors low as Buhari had failed in electricity, availability of petroleum, education, salary payment and other significant areas of national development.

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, NLC President said Nigerians voted President Buhari in the belief that the positive changes as he promised would be introduced into the country but after one year in office Buhari has not made any significant impact in Nigeria.

He said, “One year ago, during his inaugural address, President Buhari acknowledged the terrible state of energy where over the years billions of American dollars have been expended to generate darkness instead of light. From February 1, 2016, yet the government went ahead with an unjustified 45 percent tariff increase in electricity despite the massive public outcry against it.

“What has been the scorecard of the government in addressing the myriad of problems it met on assuming the reign of governance? What has happened in the areas of national security, fight against corruption, efforts to revive the economy and provide jobs to Nigerians, to cite a few concrete areas in the last 12 months?” Wabba asked President Buhari.

He called Buhari to redirect his cabinet running the agencies and ministry responsible for the electricity sector to respect the overwhelming wish of Nigerians and halt the increase.

Wabba warned that “should this intransigence on the part of government, the Distribution Companies (DISCOS) and Generation Companies (GENCOS) continue, we must prepare to hold a national strike to force the reversal of the latest increases.”

In all the sectors of the national economy, Wabba faulted Buhari’s policies and programmes, even as the TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, lashed at the federal and state governments over non- payment of workers’ salaries, a development which had left unprecedented pain in the path of workers in the nation.

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