Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday, noted that the National Labour Congress can’t reverse the anti-people policies put in place by the ruling All Progressives Congress government.
Governor Wike who took to his Twitter account condemned the silence of labour over the security issues in the country and the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff in the country.
He further stated that labour that was active during the Goodluck Jonathan government died since the inception of the APC government.
He said, “Labour movement in the country is dead because it has lost its force of engagement with government and hardly can achieve anything good for the generality of the workforce and Nigerians.”
“The leadership of labour has left substance to pursue shadows and hardly can speak in a manner that can change or achieve a reversal of the many anti-people policies being implemented by the Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.”
“It is unfortunate that Labour has abandoned its role in this country. You are chasing things that are personal to you. All over the world, when the government is not going the right way, it is labour that comes out to say we cannot allow it.”
“Majority of our people are civil servants and have others to cater for. But since the inception of this government, labour has died.”
“Under former President Goodluck Jonathan, labour was alive. They said the country must come down because he is from a minority area.”
“But look at what is happening. There’s an increase in fuel pump price, insecurity, and an increase in electricity tariff. Where is labour? Where is TUC, where is NLC? The only thing I hear is the minimum wage.”
He continued, “Let the world hear it, labour has died. Nigerians cannot get anything substantive from you. Labour is like an opposition party. Labour does not work for any ruling government, no. But now you people are working for the ruling government, but under Jonathan, Occupy Nigeria.”
“And that is why we say there is so much injustice in this country. Because I come from a place, a minority area, you can treat me anyhow, but when you come from the other side nobody can touch you.”
“That is not how this country should move forward. Be firm, make a decision and know that was is wrong. Let Nigerians have confidence in you.”