By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decried what it described as the exacerbation of the current economic plight of the average Nigerian by the political class, rather than seek solutions to the problems confronting the economy of the country.
NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, who made this assertion at the congressâ€™ North-Central rally in Makurdi, warned that the action of the leaders of the country is pushing Nigerian workers to a point of revolt.
The workers grouse against the Federal Government, the labour leader noted, is the apparent neglect of the welfare and well being of the Nigerian masses by the government, particularly the planned deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry.
Omar said, â€œGovernment should start listening to the people. They should note that the position they occupy is on trust for the people. We fought military rule and installed democracy, yet we are treated like slaves.â€
He also frowned at the appointment of the Minister of Petroleum, Alhaji Rilwane Lukman by President Yarâ€™Adua in spite of repeated protests by labour against his appointment.
He recalled how under the military regime, in which he had also served as Minister of Petroleum, Lukman was responsible for increase in fuel price and wondered why even under a democratic dispensation he still wants to introduce deregulation which is inimical to the Nigerian State.