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 everything in their power to assure his victory.
The pledge was made by the presidents of the NLC and TUC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Quadri Olaleye, during their respective welcome 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.
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.
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 accepted and adopted Obi as a candidate and will ensure that workers turn out in large numbers to support him in the 2023 elections.
He added that the Labour Party was united, powerful, and stronger.
The NLC or TUC has a member in every family in Nigeria, the TUC president said, demonstrating the party’s extensive structure.
The Labour Party, he argued, was the only party that represented Nigerian workers.
The former governor of Anambra said that his visit to the leaders of the two labor centers was merely 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.
“My commitment is to transition Nigeria from consumption to production, and production cannot be discussed without labor,” stated Obi. Production is driven by labor; while capital and machinery are capable of doing anything, labor is what makes it all happen. The greatest contributor to output is labor, hence it needs to be well compensated.
“I don’t need to remind you of how dire the situation is in our nation right now. If you work in Nigeria today, you will spend all of your income on food. So many people don’t even know where they will get their next meal. Only after paying for training do their kids graduate from school and remain at home idle.
We must talk about these topics. No one may hold the office of president in Nigeria without first consulting the labor union about the country’s future.
“The situation where the leaders are here and the workers are there cannot continue. They must converse while seated at the same table. That is the start of the solution, and that is what is taking place everywhere.
Nigeria is not a nation that produces. Bad leadership is the result of our current problems as a whole. Our leadership places a strong emphasis on sharing. Therefore, you must switch from the sharing formula to the production formula.
“On 923,000 square kilometers of territory, 200 million people live in this nation. They are unable to export anything and cannot even feed themselves.
“Nigeria exports less than $2 billion in total, including its oil, to a population of 200 million. With 100 million people and 331,000 square kilometers of land, or one-third of Nigeria’s total land area, Vietnam is a comparable nation that is not in the first world and that had a similar trajectory to Nigeria in 2000. Vietnam’s overall revenues last year were $312 billion.
“This is what the Labour Party is wanting to get down to debate for the future,” he said, noting that more than half of the country’s youth of working age were unemployed.