The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the federal government to prevent what it termed manipulation in cement production in the country in the interest of individuals to the detriment of the society.
The President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, said in a statement yesterday that the ongoing campaign which targetted cement manufacturers was clearly inimical to the nation’s economy.
Omar urged the government to resist any adjustment in the policy on manufacturing of cement, which imposed severe burden on the firms and the citizenry.
Omar faulted an alleged claim by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), which attributed the incidents of building collapse in the country to 32.5 type cement in the society.
He called on SON to desist from statements inimical to the growth of the nation’s economy and to act on all issues in the interest of the public.
The NLC President said the claim was not only untrue but was also against the public interest.
He said that it was wrong for an agency of the government to indulge in the promotion of policies that are harmful to the economy and indeed injurious to the government’s plan to generate employment opportunities in the country.
The congress said: “There have been recent campaigns, orchestrated by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, that incidents of building collapse in different parts of the country occur simply because the quality of cement currently in use in the country is not the 42.5 type.
“We see this as a ruse and a violation of all principles and logic of standardisation in relation with public interest. Government exist in the interest of the public; and it would be wrong for any agency of government to be promoting policies that are obviously destructive to the economy and particularly harmful to the government’s determination to create jobs while sustaining existing jobs.”