By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” UMBRELLA body for senior staff associations in the country, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria,TUC, yesterday said Nigerian workers went through severe difficulties and hardships in 2009 and demanded for a living wage to lessen the hardships faced by Nigerian workers.
TUC in a new year message to Nigerians especially workers, while wishing President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua a speedy recovery, however called onÂ the executive, members of the National Assembly and the legislators to do what was necessary to ensure that the machinery of government was alive and functional.
The new year message by TUCâ€™s President-General and Secretary-General, Mr Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole respectively, said: â€œTUC wishes all citizens of Nigeria to the year 2010, a year of total restoration of all that the nation has lost since independence in 1960.
â€œWe commiserate with the entire nation, family and well-wishers of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua over his continued state of health and pray that he recovers soon to continue to steer the leadership of the country.
â€œIn his absence however, we implore the executive, members of the National Assembly and the legislators to do what is necessary to ensure that the machinery of government is alive and functional.
â€œAnd that politics, religion and ethnicity should not be used as a yard stick to stop what is right, which is, ensuring that the most senior officer in government which is the Vice President is given the authority to rule in the presidentâ€™s continued absence.