By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress has organised a reception in honour of the outgoing Norwegian Ambassador, HE Jens–Petter Kjemprud as well as welcomed the incoming Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Clara Escandell in Abuja.
This epoch event took place during the maiden edition of Central Working Committee meeting between NLC and ULC in Abuja.
Performing the ceremony, the National President of Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba extolled the good outstanding relationship and historical link between Nigeria and the both countries as well NLC’s contributions to the the developments their struggles.
Comrade Wabba noted that, the the NLC and the organised Labour has conducted and financed series of movement and struggle to liberate countries like South Africa, Cuba and Norway, assured that the relationship will be more strengthened going forward.
Comrade Wabba further used the occasion to express his feelings about the discrepancies of some industries laying off her workers because of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic that is plaguing the world economy including Nigeria, noted that NLC will resist any attempt to laying off workers without reaching social dialogue
The Labour leader maintained that industries who have tried to use the excuse of Covid-19 to laid off workers without reaching to the processes of social dialogue will never be allowed to carry such barbaric act.
He said, they have actually resisted that and that was part of what they would be looking at during the meeting.
According to him, the meeting was timely especially at a period where across different sectors are going through a difficult challenges.
Promising that they are going to make far reaching pronouncement especially to the extent that they would engage employers of labour that have tried to undermine the fundamental human right of workers, including state governors.
“Remember we have written to two state governors, one have responded, and one have not been able to respond and we are going to take them head long.
” We believed that people must be descent and must respect the rule of law, especially people of highq authority because we cannot undermine our laws and undermine the interest of Nigerian workers and fold our hands and continue to lament.
“So its time for action and proceeding with thus actions we thought that its important we consult our organs and then we will be able to come out with far reaching decisions that will be able to address the fundamental issues that is affecting Nigerian workers and pensioners”. He stressed.
The NLC President said that, they would receive report from their Unions and also from States so that they would prioritise some of the engagement that they would be able to take immediately and the ones in the mid time and also the long time plans
Saying that it is a cheering news for Nigerian workers and would continue to work together and to also protect their interest.
In their separate remarks, both the Norwegian Ambassador and that of Cuba expressed happiness for the bilateral relations between Nigeria and their countries.
The Cuban Ambassador ,Clara Escandell specifically said her country which has historical relationship with Nigeria said her country’s biomedical industry has developed an impressive Covid-19 vaccine which is attracting global attention.
She said, her country would assist Nigeria in the fight against the pandemic.