Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the organised labour union to unite and question our political leaders to ensure that state resources meet the needs of workers as well as other Nigerians.
He made the call in Abuja during a reception in honour of the Director General, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder.
Oshiomhole expressed his concern over the nonchalant attitude of the leaders towards making sure that the lives of Nigerian workers are improved. He maintained that the only way to get what they want is to face the government head on to make sure that the status quo is changed.
During the reception, he commended the ILO for focusing on youth employment and social justice. Oshiomhole noted that the issue of aging population and under employment of young persons should not be overlooked. He stated that Nigeria has to do something about its rapid population growth which is at 3 per cent annually, as against 2 percent national economic growth.
He advised Nigerian youths to join hands in eradicating poverty by pushing those in government to create the best environment for them to think and change the narrative.
Ryder said the union has made the necessary impact on defending basic fundamental rights. He said, as a result, the organised labour has also facilitated the building of the nation’s democracy. Mr. Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, commended ILO for the opportunity given to Nigeria to host the global youth employment forum.