Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the N6trillion proposed budget for the year 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari noting that the budget must lay the foundation for future success in a number of sectors in the country.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at the opening of 3rd National Delegates conference of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
“Having waited for almost five months for President Buhari’s cabinet to be put in place, Nigerians expect the administration to put the budget for 2016 in place in double quick time so that the suspense and the doldrums the economy had witnessed since the change of government can begin to pick up.
It is our hope that the 2016 budget would lay the foundation for future successes in a number of sectors of our national life.” He said
Comrade Wabba who represented at the conference by the Deputy President of NLC, Comrade Peters Adelphi lamented that for majority of Nigerians, there is yet very little celebrate with the current administration as they are yet to see any qualitative changes that the “change slogan” had promised during electioneering.
“It is either the rot the new government met upon assumption of office which has been overwhelming or emerging challenges resulting from dwindling economic fortunes symbolised in the fall in the price of crude oil at the international market, among others.
Be that as it may, the President Buhari administration needs to appreciate that it is imperative that it does not squander the massive popular goodwill on the crest of which it rode to power and may still be enjoying up to now.” He said
While speaking on the ongoing fuel scarcity across the country, the NLC President commended the action of the administration in apprehending some hoarders and distributing their stock of fuel free to the public.
He advocated that those caught hoarding fuel should have their licenses to operate revoked, and their stations compulsorily acquired by the state and handed over to the NNPC mega stations to operate.
“This is the only deterrent that will stop the perpetual punishment that marketers – major, independent or minor – continue to subject Nigerians to at the slightest excuse.” He said