The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, has held a rally in Abuja demanding the creation of decent jobs for youths and for government to step up efforts to eradicate unemployment.
The rally is a prelude to was to the commemoration of the 2019 Workers’ Day on May 1.
The Deputy President, NLC, Najeem Yasin said the labour movement is desirous of fighting for human dignity and social justice even as he lamented the poor situation of public schools, security and health sectors.
“We are pained at the condition of public schools, security and the health sectors in Nigeria,” he said.
The union said the creation of decent jobs for youths will eradicate crime in the country.
The labour union used the march as an opportunity to call government’s attention to the near-collapse of social support institutions.
It also asked employers of labour in the private and public sectors to immediately begin the full implementation of the new national minimum wage.
Yasin said the consequence of mass unemployment in the country, especially youth unemployment, is leaving its expression ‘daily on our streets and communities, in the form of increasing crime wave.’
“It is high time that we arrest this dangerous drift before it consumes all of us.
“As we march today, we call on government, employers in the private sector, international development partners and local social actors to come together to plot a way out of this cauldron,” Mr Yasin said.
He called on government to rehabilitate the social sectors of the economy, saying this is the appropriate time to create decent jobs for youths.
He said mass jobs without decent remuneration would be counter-productive.
Yasin noted that the labour movement will keep a hawk’s eye on all employers of labour to ensure total compliance on the implementation of the new national minimum wage.”
The event also coincides with the centenary celebration of the existence of the International Labour Organisation.