In a bid to prompt the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption in line with his campaign promise, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has concluded plans to embark on series of activities, including mass protests across the country.
Addressing workers on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 13th NLC Rain School, 2015 held at the Workers’ Solidarity Centre, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, asked them to be ready and prepared for the struggle ahead.
Comrade Wabba told the gathering that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC would meet on Thursday in Abuja on the issue, with a view to driving the process of serious engagement with the government and political leadership.
The NLC president declared in clear terms that every stolen fund must be recovered and looters brought to justice.
He added that as workers, under the organised labour, they must lead in the struggle for other Nigerians to follow.
“Let us kill corruption before it kills all of us because that is a fundamental issue in Nigeria and we must stand out to address this issue. So, very soon we will come calling, and when we come calling, be ready,” Comrade Wabba said.
He called on the workers to serve as whistle blowers and give information on corruption and revealed whatever they know about corrupt officials and people in government and services, adding, that the organised labour, and most especially the NLC would protect them.
Comrade Wabba said: “The challenges in our system need us to continuously engage the system and remind our leaders of their responsibilities to provide credible leadership and therefore, the National Executive Council (NEC) will be meeting two days from now to drive the process of serious engagement. When I say serious engagement, it is serious engagement.
“On the issue of corruption, which has been monumental in our system, we must as workers stand out. First, to provide credible information and you are going to be defended because all whistle blowers will be defended by the organised labour and NLC in particular. Two, all those looters must also be brought to justice. Three, stolen funds must be recovered and channel into development.
“That will serve as deterrent and people would be able to conform themselves to the rudiment of transparency, good governance and the rule of laws. That we are going to start now and we are going to be in the front leading and let other Nigerians follow.”
He added: “The Congress National Executive Council (NEC) will hold in a few days’ time in Abuja. The congress leadership will ask NEC to declare a day of National Protest Action to highlight our anger at the massive corruption and bad governance of the recent past and make our case that all our stolen wealth must be recovered, and those involved, face appropriate punishment for their crime.