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National Dialogue: Labour wants interest of masses represented

02 October 2013, 16:08

Lagos - Some labour leaders on Wednesday advised the Federal Government to ensure that the outcome of National Conference/Dialogue would represent the interests of average Nigerians.

The leaders told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the idea of a National Conference/Dialogue was good, but that it must be done in the spirit of one nation.

The labour leaders were reacting to President Goodluck Jonathan’s national broadcast marking the 53rd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.

The President had announced plans to hold a National Conference/Dialogue to deal with issues of national interest and the formation of an advisory committee on the conference.

Bobboi Kaigama, President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), told NAN that a national dialogue was pertinent, but must be done to move the country forward.

Kaigama said that the country was faced with many challenges and needed people who had interest of the country at heart to resolve them.

''We need a national dialogue urgently and we need those who can tackle the problems to move us forward," he said.

Phillip Agbonkonkon, General Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), said that there must be spirit of one nation to resolve the issues.

Agbonkonkon said that with one spirit, the dialogue would achieve its objectives.

''Let us appreciate that we are Nigerians that must work together to achieve a common goal for our development.

''If we continue with “it is our turn syndrome”, we will not achieve progress. I advise that the dialogue must represent the interest of the nation," he said.

Musa Lawal, TUC General Secretary, said that the national dialogue should also consider the state of infrastructure in the country.

He said that a national dialogue would be successful if issues of roads, poverty, education and health, among others, would be considered.

-  NAN

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