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We will hold Buhari, APC to ‘3 million jobs a year’ promise – NLC, TUC.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, on Friday in Abuja vowed to hold the incoming Muhammadu Buhari-led government accountable in respect of his party’s promises to Nigerians and workers in particular. Mr. Buhari was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The unions made the vow at the 2015 May Day celebration with the theme: “The Working Class, Democratic Consolidation and Economic Revival: Charting the Way to National Rebirth’’. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, urged the incoming administration to revive the Ajaokuta Steel complex, saying the plant was conceived to be the cornerstone of Nigeria’s industrialisation programme.

“Unfortunately, our political class has refused to accept the simple truth that no country can truly industrialise without iron and steel industry. “The fate of Aladja, Osogbo, Jos and Katsina steel rolling mills post-privatization is too grim to recall here,” Mr. Wabba said.
Mr. Wabba advised the government which is to be inaugurated on May 29, to view development from the prism of tapping into the abundant economic potential offered by the entrepreneurial drive of Nigerians. He said that resources were locked up in the soil and that any country “subserviently” reliant on importation, was only exporting jobs. While urging the president-elect to pay attention to agriculture as it has the capacity to employ millions of Nigerians, Mr. Wabba said the government must also lead the way by making farming attractive to young people through the provision of agricultural inputs, equipment and other relevant infrastructure. “There is also the need to establish a strong linkage between different sectors of our economy, especially with regard to promoting industrialisation and manufacturing. “This will focus on turning our agricultural products and other natural resources into quality semi-processed and fully processed goods.’’

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