Lalong, Tinubu hold town hall meeting, woo workers
The APC Presidential Campaign Council led by its Director General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong have met organised labour promising a better deal if elected in 2023.
The DG gave the assurance during a town hall meeting with the organised Labour in Abuja, Tuesday, December 19.
During the meeting, presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave an insight into what his relationship with the Labour will be when elected into office.
Asiwaju who said his manifesto, “Renewed Hope” captures his plans for reviving the economy and boosting production, said the Nigerian worker will have a greater deal under his presidency.
He said his relationship with the Labour movement goes deep as he worked side by side with some of its frontline leaders in the fight for the enthronement of democracy many years ago.
Tinubu explained that his vision for Nigeria is anchored on creating economic opportunities through industrialisation, fighting corruption and enhancing security as well as harnessing the potentials of every part of the country. Jobs, he said must be created for the youths which will make the economy grow while crime goes down.
He said Nigerian workers apart from deserving living wages, must be given the opportunity to own houses, access quality healthcare, get credit to afford basic necessities of life as well as have their children get quality education through student loans among others.
Tinubu assured that Labour will be carried along in the governance process as he believes in collective responsibility which is evident from his antecedents as Governor of Lagos State where he was able to marshal resources and guarantee the survival of the state despite drought orchestrated by the then federal government.
Director General, APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong appreciated the organised Labour for giving the APC presidential candidate the opportunity to share his vision with them and to also explain how he intends to impact their lives and that of Nigerians in general when elected.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while presenting a charter of demands by the workers said the Nigerian worker is the one that really creates value but yet has been under-paid, under-employed and even exploited both in and out of service.
He said workers want a living wage, social security, controlled inflation and a regime of energy security that is based on local refining of Nigerian crude rather than import of refined products which has been used to siphon money belonging to all Nigerians under the guise of subsidy.
Also speaking, TUC President, Comrade Peter Osifo said the Nigerian worker is tired of being shortchanged and left with no option than to embark on strike to press for his rights.
He said in the next dispensation, the workers want to be part of a government that will be transparent, responsible and prudent in order to manage the resources of the nation rather than plunging generations yet unborn into debt.
Deputy DG PCC and former NLC President, Adams Oshiomole said Asiwaju presents the best deal for Nigerian workers because of his antecedents which clearly show that he is compassionate, strategic and open to carrying all sectors along.
He said a vote for Tinubu will make the Nigerian worker comfortable enough to give his best for the growth of the nation.