We Need Good Governance, Not Restructuring – NLC

We Need Good Governance, Not Restructuring – NLC

Chris Steven, Abuja

As calls for restructuring of Nigeria continues, Ayuba Waba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says only good governance, sustainable and transparent fight against corruption as well as addressing inequalities and injustices in Nigeria can solve the myriads of problems facing the country and not restructuring.

According to him, the Congress would always root “for good governance in our country as a basis for any realistic development and eventual emancipation of our people”.

He spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the opening of a Colloquium organised by NLC with the theme “The Labour Movement and The Future of National Unity: What Role for Restructuring?”
He said: “If the resources available to us as a nation were well managed and not stolen by both the public and private sector operators, from all parts of the country without exception, the escalating problems of unemployment, decaying infrastructure, non-funding of education, health care and other social services, would be adequately addressed”.
“When we addressed the press in June at the height of the agitation, we made the point that we will be missing the point if we blame the structure of our federation for the many ills that our country is currently going through.
“These include the gross socio-economic injustice, the poor living conditions of our people, the inability (indeed refusal) of states to pay a living wage or even ensure the payment of salaries as and when due, the massive unemployment, our lack of productivity as a result of de-industrialization, the galloping inflation in our land, the devaluation on our currency, among others.
“These are problems caused by the developmental models our ruling elites consciously chose, as well as their greed and penchant for corruption and primitive accumulation”.
He lamented that discourse among political elites in the country in the last few months about restructuring has been so heated noting that many involved in this debate have thrown caution, decency and decorum to the winds.
Wabba cautioned that those in this discourse are missing the point by blaming the various problems on the structure of the federation; rather, he said bad governance and corruption have caused havocs in the country.
“When we addressed the press in June at the height of the agitation, we made the point that we will be missing the point if we blame the structure of our federation for the many ills that our country is currently going through.
These include the gross socio-economic injustice, the poor living conditions of our people, the inability (indeed refusal) of states to pay a living wage or even ensure the payment of salaries as and when due, the massive unemployment, our lack of productivity as a result of de-industrialization, the galloping inflation in our land, the devaluation on our currency, among others” he said.