Workers Protest Govt’s Failure To Revive Textile Industry
• Urge Electorate To Vote Out Non Performing Northern Governors, Others In 2019
TWorkers at the weekend in Kaduna protested the non-resuscitation of collapsed textiles industry in the north and called on the 19 Northern Governors to immediately put machinery on ground to revive the sector.
The protest, which was led by the President of the National Union of Textiles, Garment and Tailoring Workers Union of Nigeria (NUTGWN), John Adaji and the Secretary General of the Union, Isaac Aremu attracted labour leaders and workers.
The aggrieved protesters also condemned the attitude of the Federal Govern- ment in its failure to resuscitate the industry and other manufacturing sectors of the nation’s economy, thereby leading to unemployment and other social vices across the nation.
Demanding good governance, Aremu declared: “In 2019 elections, Textile workers and organised labour would only vote for candidates that are committed to sustainable industrial development and revival of industries.
“Nigeria must stop exporting raw cottons, crude oil, mineral resources, gold and diamond only to be importing finished goods from China, Europe and America.” He also revealed plans to hold massive rally in Lagos tomorrow to further draw attention to the plight of textile industry.
Wnation ranking third highest in infant mortality, with over 87, 600 babies dying yearly, Medical practitioners in the country have raised alarm over the upsurge, especially preterm babies.
Group Medical Manager, Limi Children’s Hospital, Iseko Iseko, in Abuja said knowledge remained the most critical challenge reducing infant mortality rate in the country.
Iseko said government must set right policies to address the rate of infant death, noting that the practitioners need the right environment to operate.
A Consultant Paediatrician, Olorunsola Benedict said the cause of premature deliveries could come from either the mother or the baby, stressing that pregnant women must prioritize antenatal care to ensure safety of children.