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International Workers Day: Plight of Nigerian workers remains dire — Atiku

…Says Nigerians subsidise FG’s inefficiencies


Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, lamented that the plight of the Nigerian workers remains dire as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate International Workers Day.


In a statement he personally issued in Abuja, the former vice president regretted that despite prolonged pledges and flowery words by the government, the much-talked-about prospects of wage increment for the Nigerian worker remain a mirage, adding that increase in tariffs of different services amounts to Nigerians subsidising the corruption and inefficiencies in government.

Atiku added: “Every dawn unveils renewed hardships and harsh living conditions.

“After the contraction and contradictions by the government about whether the subsidy regime has gone or it is still being implemented, the country is today facing the angst of frustration by Nigerians who waste precious man-hours in queues at petrol stations across the country.

“The petrol subsidy is purportedly gone; yet its impact lingers – revealing the ineptitude of the current federal government.

“In an unprecedented manner and condescending of both the Nigerian worker and the general public, this current federal government announced a unilateral removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit without consultations with representatives of the Nigerian worker.

“The continued increase in tariffs in different service offerings without addressing the corruption and inefficiencies in the system only amounts to long-suffering Nigerians subsidising the corruption and inefficiencies in the system.”

Atiku noted that since the days of legendary, Pa. Michael Imoudu, to “later day fire brands” such as Pascal Bafyau and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Nigerian worker has been at the forefront of the fight against tyranny and bad governance.

He regretted that the workers have not had a fair deal under the present administration.

The former vice president stated: “No administration in our history has trampled workers’ rights like this one. Daily, workers face uncertainty over skyrocketing prices of essential goods.

“The Nigerian worker has had it so rough under this current administration and it is unfortunate that while the living conditions of the Nigerian worker remain at a miserably low ebb, the Nigerian government continues to regale its international audiences with tales of how the masses are being weaned of their wasteful dependence on government.

“It is thus beginning to appear, that as far as the current federal government is concerned, the management of our country’s micro-economic outlook is an unwieldy laboratory experiment, to which the Nigerian worker is laid prostrate.

“While I cannot but share my sympathy with the Nigerian worker for the way the current government has ridiculed her for far too long, I must equally express my felicitations with the Nigerian worker on this year’s Workers Day.

“It is my hope that the theme of this year’s Labour Day: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work In a Changing Climate, will inspire the Nigerian government to put the concerns of the Nigerian Worker on the front burner.”

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