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Construction workers seek end to abandoned projects

BY VICTOR       AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS — Workers in the nation’s civil engineering and construction sectors of the economy have called on the National Assembly to make a law that will forbid new governments from abandoning projects embarked upon by their predecessors.

The workers lamented that as a result of many abandoned projects in the country, many of their colleagues were thrown into the labour market while others were turned to casual workers by the employers.

Addressing members of the National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers,  NUCECFWW, in Lagos, the union’s General Secretary, Mr Babatunde Liadi, said many projects were abandoned because the incumbent were not the initiators and designers of such projects.

Liadi said: “Road construction and housing projects that have direct impact on the lives of Nigerians are suspended by incumbent governments just because those projects were not conceptualised by them.”

He lamented that in the last two years, over 40,000 members of the union had been thrown into the labour market, while employers had converted many others to casual as a way of cutting cost.


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