Yenagoa - Organised labour unions in Bayelsa on Thursday joined the campaign against corruption, demanding for a corrupt free society.
The state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) staged a peaceful rally in Yenogoa in support of the war against on corruption.
Speaking with NAN after a "Good Governance’’ rally, Mr John Ndiomu, Chairman, Bayelsa NLC, said the unions were in total support of change in all sectors.
Ndiomu, who described corruption as a "virus’’, said that only free corrupt society would bring more development for the citizenry.
"Corruption is the major problem in this country and labour cannot fold hand to watch the country; we are out today to send message to the three ties of government on the need for corrupt free nation.
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"This corruption has led us to high infrastructural decay, non-payment of workers salary in many states, economic crunches and political instability, among others.
"Today’s message is for all Nigerians; in fact there is need for attitudinal change to move the nation forward,” he said.
Mr Tari Dounana, Bayelsa TUC Chairman, described corruption as ``endemic’’ in all tiers of government, urging Nigerians, especially those in elected and appointed positions, to embrace good governance.
Dounana noted that corruption had retarded the provision of basic social amenities for the people, saying it is only Nigerians that could change the country.
"We, organised labour want total change for better Nigeria, corruption has affected all the sectors including health, education, petroleum, power and agriculture.
"The workers wellbeing needs to improve in this country, with better pay, a worker can proudly build a house of his or her own.
"The unfair treatment of worker in terms of salary must end,’’ he urged.