Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has endorsed the eighth Senate, led by Bukola Saraki.
National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said Nigerians were confident the House would impact positively on their lives.
Speaking in Abuja during a metting with Saraki, he said organised labour believed that Saraki's experience as Kwara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, had adequately prepared him to give quality leadership to the Senate.
We recall that as a Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' forum, your (Saraki’s) intervention helped to resolve the protracted teachers strike over their negotiated 27,5 percent teaching allowance,” said Wabba.
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“Similarly, not long ago, we had cause to condemn the 'passing of 47 bills in 10 minutes', by the 7th Senate on the twilight of its lifespan. We note that though you were a member of the 7th Senate, you were one of the few who felt honour-bound to publicly distance yourself from that regrettable incidence.”
This gave NLC hope.
“Therein lies the source of our hope that the 8th Senate under your watch will be less opaque, less secretive, and will witness more transparency, more responsiveness to the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people,” Wabba said.
He urged the Senate to work towards consolidating democracy, reducing poverty, bringing down the cost of governance, making National Assembly's finances open, prevent the withdrawal of fuel subsidy, halt the sliding of the value of Naira and work with the executives to create jobs.
- CAJ News