NLC chides political leaders over mass poverty
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.