March 26, 2023

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, toimmediately reshuffle his cabinet and relieve some of the ministers who have under formed of their duties.Speaking with Nigerian Tribune on the expectation of the organised Labour from the President Buhari, President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said two years down the line, President Buhari should reshuffle his cabinet because many of the ministers were not performing.

Wabba said there were lots of expectations from Nigerians, as the President arrived and that is why the anxiety is high when he was actually billed to return. The expectations, according to him, ranges from the need to rejuvenate the economy, address the issues of security and insurgency, kidnapping, corruptions, hunger, minimum wage and the constitution of the boards of many agencies.

The NLC president said “We join other Nigerians in welcoming President Buhari back from the over 100 days’ medical vacation abroad. There are lots of expectations from Nigerians, which is why the anxiety is high when he was actually billed to return. ”Specifically, he pointed out that it was hightime for President Buhari to assess the performance of his ministers and other political appointees, adding that there is the need to inject new and fresh ideas.“ There is high expectation in how to rejuvenate the machinery of government, especially looking at the performance of the ministers and some political appointees. I think, usually in the life of anyadministration, halfway down the line will be a enough time to assess their performance and then assess the impact that they put into the system. “Most Nigerians expect that there is the need to add impetus to governance and looking at key sectors and ministries, thereare some that have done well, but some have not done well. 

So, there is expectationthat the cabinet be reshuffle and be able toinject new ideas.”“Two years down the line of any administration is enough to do a kind of assessment, and looking at a very genuine assessment, there is still much to do, to get to the promise land. “Even in the fight against corruption, you can see that a lot of cases have been thrown up, but I think none of them has been concluded. 

There is the need for those cases to be completed, get conviction and declare how much was recovered and then, those recoveries can be put into the system to make tangible impacts. “So, those are clearly some of the high expectations of Nigerians as well as organised labour and the workers. 

In this circumstance, President Buhari will have more than enough at his hands to be able to drive the process of governance. ”On the issue of security, he said “There are needs for some steps to be taken. This is because progress was made, but it can be reverted if they are not sustained. So, there is the need to sustain some of those interventions, especially around the North East. “The insurgency has actually come up with new strategies and tactics which has made the Acting President to direct the service chiefs to redeploy their offices to the North-East. 

So I think this also is an area that we do not expect  the reversal of the gains that has been made, everything need to be done to sustain the momentum,to ensure that we are able to clear all the remnants of the insurgency because without peace, there cannot be development anywhere around the world. “We also heard of new elements like kidnapping in some states, this is very strange to us, this is new, but also this clearly are signals that there are challenges in accommodating our youths and the issue of employment is  very important.”
Nigerian Tribune

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