From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba has asked the federal government to engage the services of those involved in illegal refining to work for the country.
The labour leader condemned the rising cost of petroleum products and the alleged oil theft in the nation, arguing that they were all consequences of importation.
Wabba spoke at the ongoing Labour Party’s Leadership Retreat holding in Abuja.
According to him, “There is no reason for diesel to be sold at 850 to 900 Naira per litre in Nigeria.
“Despite the fact that Nigeria is a major oil-producing country yet she has failed to refine her own crude oil.
“If we have people that are refining illegally, we can fix our refineries and mobilize them to refine for the country.
Speaking further, he said: “Our youths are not lazy. everywhere around the world, people celebrate the ingenuity of Nigerian youths. Even the yahoo, yahoo, it is not a lazy man that can do it.”
Also speaking at the event, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo restated the union’s resolve to support the party, stating that Nigerians have suffered enough.
According to Osifo, who is also the president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), “partners of our country Nigeria, we have suffered too much as citizens. We have suffered so much as the masses of this country. Today, the challenges that we are facing in our nation is enormous. Today, to be able to live as a Nigerian you will pass through horror. Today, we are divided as a nation. We are all divided as a people. Today, for an average man to be able to eat once a day is a real challenge.
“Today, we have the middle class that has been cut away from the masses. We have a political class that doesn’t know whether we exist. Today, our political class has so divided us, they have told us that before you vote in people you should look at their religion, and where they are from but the question that I have asked consistently is that how have our previous leaders benefited us due to where he or she came from? I have asked the question is Abeokuta much more better today than before Olusegun Obasanjo became Nigeria’s president? Is Katsina better today because Mohammed Yar’adua became Nigeria’s president? I have asked the question is Bayelsa, better because it had President Goodluck Ebele Johnathan from that region? and today I also ask the question is Katsina better today or before president Mohammed Buhari accepted the position of the president of Nigeria? The answer is a no because insecurity is perverse in Katsina just as it is in every part of the country. What that means clearly is that it doesn’t matter where the President is from. The emphasis, therefore, should be on character, competence and capacity.”
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