Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress said on Sunday that it was not against the Federal Government’s proposed national dialogue.
Chris Uyot, the NLC’s Acting General Secretary, noted in a statement in Abuja that the union’s participation in conferences dated back to colonial times, and that it therefore had no reason to shy away now.
According to him, the NLC is not opposed to any form of national dialogue, conference or conversation, as long as it is meant to improve the living standards of Nigerians.
He further said that the NLC was not opposed to any conference that would strengthen existing bonds of unity, advance democracy, build the economy and create an enabling environment for Nigerians to express their shared values and common heritage.
Uyot recalled the union played a "significant role" in the national "conferences" or "dialogues" organised under various military regimes as well the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the Congress believes Nigerians should regularly talk to themselves, as well as talk to one another.
"The constituent parts should as often as practicable sit down to talk, to address the ills that plague our politico-socio-economic well-being,’’ he said.
Uyot said the NLC believed that although time was of the essence, the motive behind the conference was more significant.
He said the conference also believed that a meaningful dialogue could be achieved by men and women of character, wisdom, integrity, patriotism and courage.