Labour is committed to solving electricity problem – Ajaero

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LAGOS – Mr Joe Ajaero, one the candidates who contested and lost the election for the of President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has reiterated his commitment to ensure that the issue of poor power supply is tackled.

He made the remark on Tuesday in Lagos while addressing newsmen at the end of the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of his faction of the NLC.

He said that he would develop a master plan that would help the incoming government tackle the challenges facing the power sector.

“We are committed to the eradication of power poverty; we have sent proposal that will engage the incoming government to solve the problem of ,’’ he said.

Ajaero said that no country could develop without effective power supply, adding that the era of estimated was over in modern society.

“It is sad that with a population of about 160 million Nigeria is yet to attain 4,000 mega watts of electricity.

“It is time to power stations and mega plants that will serve the nation,’’ he said.

He called on the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari to address the power needs of the country and stabilize the macroeconomic environment.

“This will boost the prospect for expanded industrial development and create jobs,’’ he said.

On minimum wage, Ajaero said that labour would call for another increase in minimum wage after certain economic index such as cost of and food are reviewed.

On the issue of casualisation of workers, Ajaero said that the CWC of his faction had constituted a committee to ensure that workers are not employed on casual basis.

He said that the committee would also ensure that employers adhere to the existing labour law on employment.

The factional leader urged the incoming government to revisit the issue of privatisation of some companies and reverse policies that had hindered efforts to industrialise Nigeria.
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He also urged the incoming administration to create a `progressive tax administration’ to improve the income of workers to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. (NAN)
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