NLC chides po­lit­i­cal lead­ers over mass poverty

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Nige­ria Labour Con­gress (NLC) has crit­i­cised po­lit­i­cal of­fice hold­ers over con­ces­sions made to busi­ness­men and the elite by pro­vid­ing them av­enues to hide their ill-got­ten wealth and evade taxes, thereby mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for work­ers, pen­sion­ers and other cit­i­zens.

NLC Pres­i­dent, Com­rade Ayuba Wabba, stated this yes­ter­day at the open­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Trade Union Con­fed­er­a­tion (ITUC) con­fer­ence in Abuja.

Wabba re­gret­ted that the elite had re­warded the poor and en­tire cit­i­zens with hard and bit­ing aus­ter­ity mea­sures, cre­at­ing a so­ci­ety where the rich were get­ting richer and the poor get­ting poorer.

He said: “A re­cent Ox­fam re­port re­leased in Jan­uary showed that 62 per­sons con­trol more than half the global wealth share. To put the picture of the re­port in vivid and an­a­lyt­i­cal per­spec­tives is to imag­ine the depth of de­prav­ity and ex­clu­sion of cap­i­tal­ist glob­al­iza­tion given the patently un­just dis­pro­por­tion­ate dis­tri­bu­tion of global pros­per­ity. The facts speak: the wealth of the rich­est 62 has in­creased by more than half a tril­lion dol­lars to $1.76 tril­lion, monies made on the backs and brows of work­ing men and women, in­clud­ing the armies of the in­for­mal econ­omy work­ers.’’

He said the NLC wel­comed the ini­tia­tive of the ITUC to ag­gres­sively drive the cam­paign aimed at halt­ing and re­serv­ing cor­po­rate greed and their ef­fects on work­ers, women, our com­mu­ni­ties and economies.

While wel­com­ing the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of (ITUC) Sha­ran Bur­row who is vis­it­ing Nige­ria for the first time, he as­sured that the NLC would for­mally com­mence the African com­po­nent of a global cam­paign aimed at send­ing and en­forc­ing a strong and re­sound­ing mes­sage to the greedy and ra­pa­cious cor­po­rate world and en­ti­ties.

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