Human rights activist and co-founder, National Intervention Movement, NIM, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has called on Labour movements to unite and be more involved in Nigeria’s political space.
This, according to him, will chart a common course for the nation in a way that will ensure that Nigerian masses enjoyed democratic dividend.
Agbakoba maintained that the labour movement could not afford to stay aloof but must work with other like minds to chat a new cause for Nigeria in 2019.
He spoke yesterday in Lagos at a Pre-May Day lecture organised by the United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, with the theme ‘Quest For a Vibrant Democracy, 2019 in Focus’.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said the labour movement should not allow the mistake of the past where those who did not fight for democracy became the beneficiaries, contending that without a strong labour movement, it would be difficult to achieve a change in a democratic rule.
According to him: “Labour movement is important in any country. I will advise you to take charge of democratic space and make it vibrant. We cannot have a divided labour movement so you must strategise.
“The strategy you should adopt as 2019 election is coming, is for you to be on the side of the people. You can take power if you have the numbers. You must motivate people. You must collaborate with groups that have the same vision with you. You need to have strong affiliates. That is, for betterment of Nigerians.“
Earlier, President of ULC, Mr Joe Ajaero, maintained that the National Minimum wage needed to be increased to lessen the suffering of workers and their families
He lamented that there was “no proof that the country is out of recession. Please don’t let anybody deceive you that the country is out of recession. Inflation is still very high. The cost of transportation, house rent, food stuff is still very high and somebody is telling us we are out of recession.”