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Tinubu ‘ll be worker-friendly president- Isa Aremu

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By POLYCARP AUTA

Comrade Isa Aremu(second left), the Director of Labour, APC Presidential Campaign Council with other members of the commitee in Jos 

JOS- Mr  Isa Aremu, Labour Director,  All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, says the party’s presidential candidate,  Sen. Bola Tinubu will prioritise the welfare of workers if elected in 2023.

Aremu, who is also the Director General, Michael Imoudu  National Institute of Labour Studies, Ilorin,  Kwara, stated this when he met with  leadership and members of the Plateau chapter of the  Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday in Jos.

The director who lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for being good and friendly to Nigerian workers, advised them to vote for someone who would continue with such noble legacy.

”No doubt there are a lot of challenges facing this country and we can’t deny it but one thing we can say is that  President Buhari is a labour-friendly President and the facts are there for everyone to see.

”One thing he did is that he resisted the pressure to retrench workers; even in the face of recession and COVID-19 pandamic that ravaged most economies of the world, he never thought of retrenchment or downsizing the workforce.

”Every comrade respects employment, security of jobs, regular payment of salaries, decent job, industrialisation, human rights, among others and this goverment has made it  obligatory to pay salaries as at when due

”The President gave bailout in three tranches to  governors to pay salaries of their workers and also approved and implemented the N30,000 minimum wage,” he said.

Aremu advanced that  if voted,  Tinubu will not only continue with the legacies of the current administration in relation to workers’ welfare,  but introduce new ones that will  better the lots of Nigerian workers.

He added that of the major political parties in the country, the APC remained the only one that had demonstrated the willingness to ensure the Nigerian worker doesn’t suffer.

”Why we think the APC should be our direction is because it has done a lot toward the wellbeing of workers

”We strongly believe Tinubu will be the one to continue with the legacies of the current goverment in terms of addressing labour related matters.

”Not only that his records in Lagos says it all; he was the only governor who approved and implemented same minimum wage for his employees with that of the Federal Government workers.

”His manifesto speaks volumes because Tinubu will create decent jobs and so comrades, let’s shine our eyes as we go into the next election,” he said.

The director said that the Labour Party,  a brainchild of the labour unions in the country, had deviated from its original plan, hence the need for an alternative one that would move the country forward.

”We are not here for flattery, and yes we formed the Labour Party and I even contested on its platform for the governorship of Kwara in 2019.

”But the Labour Party of today is not what we  used to know; it has completely moved away from its original plan.

”As unionists, we can struggle but we must go into government so that we can influence policies that will be of great benefits to workers,” he said.

Responding, Mr Eugene Manji, NLC Chiarman in Plateau, thanked Aremu and his team for the visit.

Manji who said that workers in the state were facing numerous challenges, added that the union would discuss their demands  with the incoming government.

He urged  states to create a Ministry of Labour Relations, saying that it would go a long to addressing most of the  issues that led to disagreements between  government and workers.(NAN)

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