By Victor Ahiuma- Young
ORGANISED labour and its civil society allies, under the umbrella of Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), will today in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stage a mass protest to protest government planned full deregulation of the down stream oil sector among others.
Tagged â€œMother of all Protestâ€, is also aimed at putting pressure on government to review the national minimum wage, which labour is demanding N52,200 minimum, and full implementation of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reforms Committee (ERC), report.
Leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) across the country, affiliates unions and associations, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and allies in the civil societies, among others are already in Abuja for the rally, which Labour Vanguard,Â expected to be a rehearsal for the long battle against deregulation.
Union urges NPA workers to support leaders
NIGERIA Ports Authority (NPA) branch of Maritime Workers of Union of Nigeria (MWUN), has called on members of the union to work as a team, support and co-operate with the leadership of the union to improve their welfare.
President of the branch, Comrade A.A Sanni, at the inauguration of the branch working committee, thanked members of the branch for electing him to lead them and promised that he and other members of the executive would do all within their powers to take the union to the next level.
According to him: â€œWith my team, I promise to take the union to the next level and we believe strongly that with the cooperation of all, we shall get to the promised land together, but all hands must be on deck. There is no doubt that the immediate past administration has done its bit. However, in order to improve on what has been achieved and take the union to the next level, the need to close ranks, unite and work as a family is paramount. It is absolutely necessary to identify and improve on those things that unite us and turn away from the vices that may divide us.â€
Minister visits oldest unionist
LABOUR and Productivity Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN has extolled the virtues of the oldest Trade Unionist in Nigeria, Pa. Samson Adeyanju Adesugba who was the President of the Postal and Telecommunication Service of Nigeria and Western Cameroon Union between 1956 and 1968.
A statement by Samuel Olowookere, Assistant Director (Press), said Prince Kayode who spoke during a courtesy visitÂ the former President of the postal and Telecommunication Service Union in his residence in Lagos, commended Pa Adesugba for the commitment shown during his days to educate and enlighten the workers on their rights which eventually gave rise toÂ trade union movement in Nigeria.
The Minister expressed government commitment to tap from the wealth of experienced leaders like pa Adesugba to further strengthen the labour administration in the country and hoped that the impact their experience has created in trade union movement can not be eroded as it would continue to re-engineer the sector to create a conducive atmosphere for increased productivity based on stable industrial relations climate.
Earlier in his speech, Pa Samson Adeyanju Adesugba narrated his experiences as a trade union leader during the colonial era and the attempt by the Colonial Masters to suppress the workers.
He commended the Minister of Labour for his thoughtful action to pay him a visit, alleging that trade Unionists today forget people who have served before them. He hoped that this visit will further encourage the upcoming trade unionists in the country.
Minister seeks partnership on job creation
MINISTER of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, has called on all Government Agencies to partner with his Ministry in its efforts to eliminate the grave danger posed by youth unemployment in the country.
Samuel Olowookere, Assistant Director (Press), in a statement said the MinisterÂ made the remarks in AbujaÂ while addressingÂ a delegation of the Stakeholders of the National Conference on youth Enterprises Development and Capacity Enhancement who visited paid him.
The Minister disclosed that the core mandate of his Ministry is job creation, Social Security and Productivity efficiency which can only be achieved by collaboration with other agencies of the government.Â He emphasized that lack of skills acquisition are the major challenges of the youth unemployment in the country.
Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, stressed the need to urgently address the youth unemployment in practical terms in order to prevent the adverse social consequences of the menace.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation who is also the Special Assistant to the Vice President on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) Engr. Muhammad Baba – Kachalla solicited the assistance of the Honourable Minister to ensure the success of their proposed Conference on Youth Enterprise Development and Capacity Enhancement Workshop slated for November this year.
He commended the brilliant commitment of the Federal Government in resolving the restiveness in the Niger Delta and the issue of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.