The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that this is not the right time for the organized labour to to embark on strike in Nigeria because the country is presently passing through economic challenges.
The Minister who spoke today, Tuesdat, in his office in Abuja said: “I will like to appeal to the labour leaders to listen to the appeals from the generality of the people that now is not the time to strike in Nigeria because we all know what our dear country is going through economically.”
“We all know what the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing to ensure that we get out of the economic challenges we are facing, which really is as a result of factors that arose totally beyond the control of everyone in government now, including the citizens.”
Muhammad Bello said that the Minister of State, Petroleum during his interactive session with the members of the House of Representatives had explained the rationale behind the hike in the fuel price, saying that all such reasons were definitely very convincing as they were a reflection of reality on ground.
He therefore urged the leadership of the labour to use their position and encourage workers to support the government policy and to ensure that government organizations and individuals that are supposed to regulate and oversee the entire petroleum value chain from exploration, refining, importation, distribution and eventual retail work efficiently.
The Minister charged labour to ensure that people do not use the present situation to cut corners and charge above the true cost of bringing in this product.
“The labour leaders have to understand that for a very long time, we have not had a leader who showed genuine concern in trying to salvage our nation. So, these kind of opportunities do not come all the time. It’s an opportunity of a life time and I believe as a people, we Nigerians have to embrace this opportunity and support the government, pray for the government and ensure that these policies are effectively implemented.
“We should have faith in the President and understand that this systemic and structural problems that we are facing today are culminations of issues that occurred many years ago and I think it is good for us to be realistic and understand that they cannot just disappear overnight. It requires collective hard work for us to salvage this country and I’m very confident that by the grace of God Almighty, we’ll succeed.” [myad]