The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its counterpart, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), criticized Tinubu’s proposals, claiming that they are incompatible with the efforts of the Presidential Technical Committee on the Elimination of Subsidy. Both organizations are known collectively as the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).
In their statement, “Any palliative payment must be in line with the agreement reached with labor in line with the technical committee meeting,” the NLC and TUC argue that this is not only undemocratic but also demonstrates that Tinubu is simply setting up the committee as a window dressing for whatever purposes he has set out for himself. They say this shows that the President is simply setting up the committee as window dressing for whatever purposes he has set out for himself.
Joe Ajaero and Emma Ugboaja, the President and General Secretary of the NLC, respectively, could not be reached for comment; however, a senior officer of the NLC who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated, “The question is whether Tinubu has trust and confidence in the Steering Committee set up or not.
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If he already has a budget, it indicates that he has activities planned out on his own and is already prepared for them. What role do the Committees play if he already possesses the information? Because of the action of Tinubu, the credibility of his very own Committee has been severely damaged.
Our viewpoint is that this is not only anti-democratic, but it also demonstrates that the President is only putting together the committee in order to give the appearance that he is making progress toward the goals that he has set for himself.
When you also consider what he has planned, which is to provide N8,000 to homes per month for the next six months, which comes out to an approximate total of N48,000, you have to question yourself whether or not N48,000 can alleviate the millions of people’s suffering that the government has already caused.
Will it have any meaningful impact on mitigating the effects of the consequences that Nigerians are now experiencing as a result? After a period of six months, will there be a quick end to the suffering?
Festus Osifo, President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, as well as President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, stated plainly that “Any palliative payment must be in line with the agreement reached with labor in line with the technical committee meeting.” On his part, the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Festus Osifo, also doubles as President of PENGASSAN.
In support of this claim, Dr. Tommy Okon, President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), stated, “As far as I am concerned, it is economic waste. What does a monthly income of N8,000 look like for 12 million households in Nigeria when faced with hyperinflation and other socioeconomic challenges?
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How were those who are going to benefit from the data shortage in Nigeria chosen by the government or by the president? I believe that the government needs to put an end to this haphazard and unsustainable initiative.
“What kind of strategy for the implementation of policies meant to alleviate poverty is this?” Is it not the right course of action to wait for the Presidential Committee on Removal of Oil Subsidy to finish its mission and reach a collective agreement with organized labor before beginning any palliative care distributions?
What the government is doing may equate to doing exactly what the previous administration did, which had no beneficial influence on the economy and did not benefit the people of the country.