Work­ers Protest Govt’s Fail­ure To Re­vive Tex­tile In­dus­try

• Urge Elec­torate To Vote Out Non Per­form­ing North­ern Gov­er­nors, Oth­ers In 2019

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Sax­one Akhaine, Kaduna

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.

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