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Democracy Day: Give Nigerian workers living wage, group urges Tinubu

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As Nigerians commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy, a socio-political group, the Collective Movement, has urged President Bola Tinubu to enhance the welfare of the country’s workforce by giving them a living wage.

In a statement by its Director of Media, Ndubuisi Nwachukwu, on Wednesday, the group said the plight of Nigerian workers has become unbearable, calling for an urgent intervention.

Nwachukwu said the government should come up with a living wage now that it is negotiating with the labour unions to avert the total collapse of the economy.

He reminded the government to use the auspicious time of the country’s national celebration to reflect on issues badgering society, especially hunger and insecurity.

Nwachukwu noted that the current cost of food items and transportation fares, caused by the increase in petroleum product pump prices, among others, had made the lives of the citizens extremely difficult.

He said that if urgent actions were not taken to reduce the suffering of workers, and indeed Nigerians, the nation was likely to lose more of its loyal and dedicated workforce to other countries that were readily waiting to offer them greener pastures.

“The government in the past considered the challenges of brain drain, which it says would be checked by improving the conditions of her workforce, which remains the engine room of national development.

“The ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), without being immodest, failed the people in the last eight years it took office with the message of `CHANGE’ it brought about, which the people desperately needed at that time.

“With the renewed hope Mantra, now at the behest of President Bola Tinubu, the people expect their lives to be better.

“’The nation has been facing economic challenges since APC came to power; now it is extremely difficult for citizens to afford the necessities of life,’’ Nwachukwu said.

He added: “Nigerians now expect economic stability and growth that would improve the economy, create jobs, reduce poverty, and ensure better infrastructure.

“There is a strong desire for enhanced security to tackle issues of terrorism, banditry, and other forms of violent crimes.

“The government must ensure transparency, accountability, and an effective anti-corruption fight, as well as improved services in healthcare and education.’’

The group called for electoral reforms to ensure fair and credible elections and the strengthening of democratic institutions.

Nwachukwu said that Nigerians were hopeful for a more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic future.

 

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