By Victor Ahiuma-Young
KADUNA— ORGANISED Labour, has called on the Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir el Rufai to urgently cease fire and work together for the benefit of the people of Kaduna State in particular and the nation in general. Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union and a member of the National Executive Council, NEC, of NLC, Issa Aremu, spoke while playing host to Senator Shehu Sani, who visited the Textile Labour House, in Kaduna.
Aremu who is also the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers’ Union, NUTGTWN, said the unending open exchange of words between the senator and the Governor was unhelpful observing that “it diverts attention from the critical challenge of the development of Kaduna State. There cannot be development without minimum cooperation among elected public officers.”
Both the governor and the Senator are pride of Kaduna State who must cooperate to ensure revival of the closed textile industries in the state with a view to providing mass sustainable decent employment for the teeming unemployed in the state.”
While commending the National Assembly for the effort on the public procurement Act, he noted that government was the biggest spender, saying “with N7.3 billion budget if the government should direct greater part of the budget to buying made in Nigeria products a good number of factories will reopen for production and millions of jobs will be created.”
He gave instance of a factory in Zaria (Zaria Industries Limited) that produces tarpaulin which rather than being patronized by government for military outfits, government prefers to buy from China and India.
Earlier, President of NUTGTWN, John Adaji, while welcoming Senator Sani acknowledged the warm friendship between him and the union even before his election as a senator of the Federal Republic. .
Responding, Senator Sani said the collapse of industries in the state and his constituency in particular was a pressing issue and of deep concern, saying the senate was working on a bill on patronizing made-in Nigeria products as part of the efforts to revive local industries.
He added that soon memorandum would be called upon and the union would be invited for the public hearing.