You’re negotiating with Labour and also commissioning a N16bn house for the VP- According to Babachir Lawal to FG

The government’s strategy for talks with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has drawn harsh criticism from Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Lawal charged the administration of being dishonest and hypocritical in an open interview with Arise News, citing instances of lavish expenditure on unimportant projects in spite of declarations of dedication to labor talks. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

“When you’re negotiating with labour, and at the same time, you’re commissioning a N16 billion house for the vice president, or you’re buying yacht,” Lawal remarked. “While you’re negotiating with labour, some legislators are busy padding the budget, proposing billions to renovate, not to build, the national assembly. Obviously, the leadership class is not interested in a free and fair negotiation.”

Lawal pointed out that even the highest wages in the civil service are insufficient to maintain a decent standard of living, emphasizing the need for genuine dialogue. However, he argued that the government’s actions, such as approving a N16 billion vice-presidential residence and budget padding by legislators, undermine the negotiation process and demonstrate a lack of commitment to a fair compromise.

His comments highlight the ongoing tensions between the government and labour unions, with many Nigerians expressing frustration over the country’s economic challenges. The former official’s critique has sparked calls for greater transparency and accountability in the country’s leadership.

The current economic climate in Nigeria has placed immense pressure on workers, with rising costs of living and inadequate wages. Lawal’s statements resonate with a broad segment of the population that feels neglected by those in power.

This critique comes at a crucial time, as the NLC continues to push for better wages and working conditions. Lawal’s pointed observations bring to the fore the need for the government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens and engage in sincere negotiations with labour representatives.READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>