The 63rd independence anniversary speech by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu which underscores continuous dialogue with organized labour has provided a timely framework for the amicable resolution of the current petroleum subsidy removal crisis.
Director-general of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin Kwara State, Issa Aremu made this observation in a statement commemorating Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary.
He said by introducing “a provisional wage increment” for federal low paid workers, and acknowledging the role of labour in national development among other measures in his speech, President Bola Tinubu has demonstrated some empathy to the plight of the vulnerable workforce in wake of rising cost of living.
Aremu, however, said there is much to be done with respect to the plight of other workers negatively impacted by inflation and rising costs.
He added that Tinubu’s speech nonetheless offers the basis for resumed dialogue between labour and the ministers of labour.
Aremu said Tuesday planned strike by workers with its expected attendant disruption is still preventable and avoidable if the two parties settle for compromises.
He also hailed the President’s speech for recognizing the historic efforts and sacrifices of the founding fathers and mothers of Nigeria, adding that it was time for Nigeria to have the ‘Heroes’ Day’ to celebrate its deserving statesmen and women.