LABOUR leaders in Nigeria have advised President Goodluck Jonathan to form a cabinet that can assist achieve his planned transformation agenda for Nigeria economy.

The labour leaders who spoke after the President took oath of office, implored the President to focus his transformation agenda on power, financial and education sectors among others, to enable him meet his aspiration of a better Nigeria, saying growing the critical and revilatising the critical sectors of the country’s economy was the immediate concern of all Nigerians.

President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, advised President Jonathan to set a time frame on how and when to generate the targeted megawatts of electricity.

He said:’ We want the President to give us the time to achieve the targeted mega watt of electricity. We also pray that he should be able to implement the fertilizer plant and gas revolution he promised.’’.

The PENGASSAN President said that if these were implemented in addition to resuscitating the refineries, the country’s economy would improve.

Similarly, President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, Comrade Sunday Salako, called on Jonathan to ensure that reform that would bring untold hardship on workers were discouraged.

According to him, “We are in support of good reforms that will boost the economy of the country. But we will not support any reform that will bring social unrest and lost of jobs.”

He urged the president to ensure that labour and other stakeholders are carried along when discussing merger and acquisition of the financial institutions.

Contributing, General Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Obong Ikpe Obong, said that education sector should be made a top priority of government policy to achieve growth in the economy.

He advised Jonathan to make a proposal that would make public schools to compete favourably with its private counter parts.


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