NLC Prepares 20 Lawyers, 10-man Think-tank to Oppose Sale of National Assets
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is putting up perhaps its most serious show of opposition to government policy since the inauguration of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in May 2015 and it has to do with the proposed sale of national assets.
The NLC is presently partnering with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to set up a 10-man think-tank team to engage the federal government on its planned sale of national assets to raise money to fight the recession in the economy.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba has stressed that organised labour will not only organise nationwide protests but will also explore court action to stop the government from selling off strategic assets under the guise of getting the country out of recession.
Members of the NLC/ASUU ‘Think-tank on Socio-Economic Issues’, according to the Punch, include a former President of ASUU, Dr. Dipo Fashina; Prof. Toye Olorode, Dr. Mohammed Aliyu, Dr. Mustapha Usman and Dr. Isaac Nwogugu.
Other members of the committee are Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose, Mr. Issa Aremu, Mr. Sonny Atuma, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and Mr. Auwal Mustapha, who is the secretary.
Wabba who stated that the consequences of the sale of the country’s assets would be dire said the NLC had secured the services of 20 Lawyers to represent the union in court on the matter.
“While it is important to rescue our country from the current economic recession, sale of our commonwealth and strategic assets is certainly not a move in the right direction, and all Nigerians must have the courage to oppose it.
“All the (national) assets are under threat depending on the interest of who is speaking; the NLNG, refineries, all the assets are presently under threat. If we work together, then we can try to defend these assets. It will take the effort of all of us to stop them.
“Nobody will buy what is not profitable. That is why people are looking in the direction of the most profitable,” Wabba said.
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