The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on state governors to take action to reduce the cost of governance, eliminate opportunities for corruption, invest in infrastructure development, and improve the welfare of workers in 2023. The Lagos State Chairman of the NLC, Funmi Sessi, specifically urged governors who are still owing salaries to their workers to take steps to improve the lives of their employees.

Sessi commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his prompt payment of workers’ salaries and his commitment to increasing salaries and offering a 100% end-of-year bonus during the economic downturn. She urged other governors to follow his example and take steps to reduce the cost of governance and block opportunities for corruption. In the lead-up to the general elections, she urged workers to support candidates who have the best interests of workers at heart and will work to improve the lives of all Nigerians.

Corroborating Sessi, Lagos State Council Chairman of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Gbenga Ekundayo, hoped for a better administration and people that can take the right decision for the sake of the future.
Praying that leaders for once live by example, he said the challenges in the nation affect everyone.

“Import dependence has a direct impact on workers.  Purchasing power keeps getting eroded with devaluation and inflation, survival has become even more difficult.  Take home that takes workers to the bus stop can even barely take them close to the bus stop now. It’s been challenging, especially with friends and families that have lost their jobs since COVID-19, who are dependent on those that have jobs,” he said.
 
While commending Sanwo-Olu for improving workers’ welfare, he advised governors that owe workers salaries, saying, “What they are doing is against God’s instructions on taking away food from people’s mouths and not paying workers their wages. We will get to that point where states that are not viable will be under states that are viable. 
 
“Some States are not worthy to be alone and some governors are not worthy to be called governors. How on earth can governors not pay workers who have worked for them and earn salaries?  We will continue to tell them to do what is right. In as much as we continue to appeal, I hope it doesn’t get to a point that the workers in those states will need to take their destiny in their hands and deal decisively the way we do.”
 
On the removal of fuel subsidy, Ekundayo said: “They need to reduce the cost of governance not to pass the burden on us as workers. We hope for a better tomorrow and we look for 2023 that will be better with the view that we will fight for our members and improve our lot.”

Source: ThisDay Live

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