TUC Sets Deadline for Government Negotiations to Alleviate Suffering of Nigerians

…By for TDPel Media. The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) recently issued a warning to the Federal Government, setting a two-week deadline for negotiations to conclude.

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The union threatened to initiate protests if significant progress is not made by August 19, aiming to protect its members and the general public from ongoing hardships.

Pressing for Timely Action:

TUC President, Festus Osifo, addressed journalists in Abuja, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.

Technical committees on various issues, such as cash transfers, intervention funds, energy and power alternatives (compressed Natural Gas, CNG), as well as education, health, and mass transit, were formed to address the concerns.

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The TUC’s stance is that the government must accelerate action and processes to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.

Call for Prompt Resolutions:

The government initially set an eight-week timeline, which started on June 19, to address the issues raised by the TUC.

However, with more than a month gone, the union feels that progress has been insufficient.

They demand that all committees submit their reports within the next two weeks, allowing the Presidential Steering Committee to take immediate action.

The TUC is determined to act swiftly and not let Nigerians continue to suffer while bureaucratic processes linger.

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Exemplary Leadership from Politicians

Amidst the harsh economic conditions facing the country, TUC President Festus Osifo called on political officeholders to set an example.

He criticized the proposed allocation of N40 billion and N70 billion for National Assembly members’ vehicles and welfare packages, urging the government to prioritize the well-being of the masses over extravagant expenses.

The TUC is prepared to meet with government representatives at any time, even during weekends, to find solutions that will benefit Nigerian workers and the general populace.

Inclusive Policies to Reduce Cost of Living:

The TUC President stressed that policies should be aimed at reducing the cost of living for Nigerians.

They advocate for alternative and cheaper energy sources like CNG, palliatives to improve citizens’ lives, and a reduction in the cost of governance.

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The TUC calls for government officials at all levels to lead by example, ensuring they do not live in opulence while pushing many Nigerians into poverty.

Conclusion

The TUC’s demand is clear: the government must take decisive action to implement policies that alleviate the hardships faced by Nigerians rather than exacerbating their struggles.

With a looming deadline and the threat of protests, the fate of negotiations now rests in the hands of the authorities, who must heed the call to address the pressing concerns of the people.

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