By Victor Ahiuma-Young
KADUNA— ORGANISED Labour weekend in Kaduna threw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari plans for a national dialogue on the state of the economy, urging the President to ensure an all inclusive dialogue that must involved the working people as represented by labour.
Speaking through the National Union of Textile and Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, organised labour contended that What Nigeria was needed was a national consensus on the economy not another elite consensus that had proven to lead to nothing in the past but corruption and underdevelopment.
In a statement by Issa Aremu, General Secretary of NUTGTWN and Chairman, IndustriALL Global Union, Sub Sahara Africa, it insisted that as demanded by the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka, the dialogue must involve organized labour represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, women groups and youths among others.
The statement read in part: “The proposed dialogue should be on how to implement existing tons of policy measures on economic recovery not to reinvent new measures. Past Governments have organized countless conferences, summits and debates with reports and recommendations in the past, many of which have not been implemented to redirect and diversify the economy.
”Some of the reports and recommendations that are presently gathering dusts include: the Abacha National Conference of 1995; Vision 2010; Vision 20 20:20; NEEDS; the 2013 National Industrialization Plan, 2014 National Conference Report, National Industrial Revolution Plan each with different recommendations on the economy. It is time to implement these reports and recommendations and move Nigeria from potentials to actuals in terms of development and prosperity.”