Govt Urged To Address Security Problem

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NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, on Monday in Kaduna called on the Federal Government to urgently resolve the country’s security challenges.

Omar who made the call at the opening of the NLC’s 10th Harmattan School for 2011, expressed concern over government’s laxity in addressing the security problems in the country.

The NLC president also decried the non-implementation of the new minimum wage, which had been signed in July, warning that failure to honour the agreement could provoke a general strike and mass protests.

Omar accused the government of deliberately devaluing Nigeria’s currency in order to devalue the N18,000 national minimum wage.

He added that government’s insistence to hike fuel prices by 120 per cent was capable of worsening the economic plight of the citizenry.

Meanwhile, the NLC president has called for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers deployed to PHCN facilities across the country for inexplicable reasons.

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He said armed soldiers were seen at the PHCN headquarters, Apo Transmission Station, Olorunsogo Centre in Ondo, Egbin Power Station, National Control Centre in Oshogbo and the Oshogbo Works Centre.

Omar said: “The militarisation of the electricity centres is an impotent and vain attempt by the government to force the deregulation of the PHCN.”

He warned that the frequent use of armed forces against the civil populace portends danger for the nation’s democratic survival and advised that the forces should be used only as a last resort and not in an industrial relations matter.

The NLC president explained that the essence of the Harmattan School programme was to equip participants with the intellectual resource base to serve and build integration at the workplace and the entire country.

He recalled that the congress had in September organised similar Rain School programme in Akwa Ibom State with a pledge to introduce “Basic Trade Union Education” at the state level in collaboration with the University of Jos.

The theme of the training is “Building National Integration and Sustainable Development: the Role of Labour and Civil Society”.

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