Enugu - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
in Enugu State on Wednesday appealed to government at all levels to improve the
welfare of workers to ensure improved productivity and industrial peace.
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Chumaife Nze, made the appeal in
an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
The union leader, while assessing the achievements of the
country since independence, stressed the need for industrial peace and harmony.
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Nze, who applauded the Federal and State Governments for
remarkable improvement in infrastructure, agriculture, education and health
sectors, lamented that much had not been done concerning the welfare of
"Nigeria at 54 has actually done well. We can say that
there is an improvement in what we have in education, health, road and
"If you look at what workers have been collecting as take
home package before and what we have now, there is an improvement.
"The only issue is that if you match what we collect as
workers with social security, it is not enough to take care of our immediate
"What a worker take home as salary seem to be below
"The government should as often as possible, look at the
economic situation of the country, increase workers welfare packages so that we
will have enough to take care of our family needs," he said.
The union leader urged the government to introduce some
social packages like housing and car loans to improve productivity of workers
especially at both state and federal levels.
Besides, the chairman called on the government to create
more employment opportunities for youths in the country and diversify the
economy and maintaining peace.
"The government should also consider the aged in the
society especially pensioners.
"Government should pay pensioners to enable those men and
women who served their fatherland to carter for their families after
retirement,’’ Nze said.
He called for more investment on education especially at the
primary and secondary levels.