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Nigeria Worker’s union seeks review of retirement age for public servants

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On Monday, organized labour demanded a review of the retirement age for all public servants from 60 to 65 years and from 35 to 40 years of service.

The organized labour made the demand during this year’s Workers’ Day Celebration with the theme, ‘Workers’ Rights and Socioeconomic Justice’.

Past and present leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), as well as those of other affiliate unions, converged on Eagle Square, Abuja, in commemoration of the 2023 May Day Celebration.

This year’s May Day celebration will be the last to be held under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Organised Labour also demanded that an independent panel be set up to investigate the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, and his team over their conduct in the 2023 general elections.

The body demanded an investigation into the sending of N12 billion by the Ministry of Aviation to buy ten fire trucks.

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The President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, said equity, fairness, and justice underpin the survival of societies and create resilience for nations in the midst of upheavals and turbulence, noting that Nigeria needs the presence of this mass to jump-start the process of development.

He said poor wages, abuse of workplace rights and privileges, and unpaid salaries strip workers of their rights.

On his part, the President of the TUC, Festus Osifo, decried the state of the economy, which, according to him, is on autopilot, struggling to survive while those engaged to manage it have kept throwing filth and injecting toxins into it.

He described as unfortunate a situation in which the country is led by men and women who delight in enacting policies that are detrimental to the progress of the nation, including the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) currency redesigning policy.

Attending the event are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

The candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi, was also in attendance.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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