Abuja, Feb. 9, 2024: The Organised Labour has issued the Federal Government of Nigeria a 14- day ultimatum, to commence on Feb. 9 over non- implementation of the 16-point agreement reached..
Mr Joe Ajaero, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Mr Festus Osifo, President, Trade Union Congress(TUC) gave the ultimatum in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement was tithed,“ Non-implementation of agreement by federal government deepens mass suffering and a show of bad faith.’’
It would be recall that organised labour and the federal government had reached a 16 point agreement on Oct. 2, 2023, to addressing massive suffering over the removal of fuel subsidy, among others.
According to statement, Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria express profound concern over the non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with the Federal Government on October 2, 2023.
“In spite of the passage of time, the majority of these crucial agreements remain unmet or negligibly addressed, indicating a blatant disregard for the principles of good faith, welfare and rights of Nigerian workers and Nigerians.
“The government’s failure to uphold its end of the bargain is deeply regrettable and unacceptable to the Working people and the citizenry.
“Constrained by this development and recognising the urgency of the situation and the imperative of ensuring the protection and defense of the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens.
“The NLC and TUC hereby issue a stern ultimatum to the federal government, to honour their part of the understanding within 14 days from tomorrow, the 9th day of February, 2024,’’it said.
It noted that these agreements which were reached with the federal government were focused on addressing the massive suffering.
It said it was also focused on addressing the general harsh socioeconomic consequences of the ill-conceived and ill-executed International Momentary Fund(IMF)/World Bank induced hike in the price of fuel and the Devaluation of the Naira.
According to the statement, these dual policies have had as we predicted dire economic consequences for the masses and workers of Nigeria.
“Widespread Hunger is now ravishing millions of Nigerians, with the Workers purchasing power significantly eroded, while insecurity has assumed an increasing dimension.
“Nigerians are left wondering where their next meals will come from and what tomorrow might bring.
“The level of panic and anxiety amongst the populace has become nightmarish unfortunately, in the midst of all these, it appears our government is bereft of appropriate measures to ameliorate the huge burden it has foisted on the citizenry.
“We wish to state that these agreements, which encompass a wide range of issues crucial to the well-being of Nigerian masses and workers, have not been honoured as pledged by the federal government,’ ’it said.
It added that this were from the wage awards, palliative adjustments to improved access to public utilities; to the meddlesomeness in the internal affairs of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
It noted that others were the interference by the Lagos State Government in union activities, the case of illegal and unlawful proscription of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN.
It therefore, said that, it is regrettable that we are compelled to resort to such measures, but the persistent neglect of the welfare of citizens and Nigerian workers and the massive hardship leaves us with no choice.
“Therefore, everything must be done within the two weeks to avoid a situation where we may be compelled to take appropriate steps to protect Nigerian workers and masses.
“We call upon the Federal Government to honor its commitments without delay. The time for empty promises and excuses has passed.
“The time for action is now. Our patience has worn thin and the situation has become unbearable for workers and masses all over the federation.
“ Further silence amounts to committing mass suicide and this remains the only feasible course of action left for us and Nigerians to -compel remedial action by government, ‘’it said.
It added that, we are committed to the resolve towards salvaging Nigerian workers and masses from the apparent insensitivity and lethargy of those in the corridors of power who are supposed to be the bastion of public trust.