NIGERIA: A programme of ‘change’ should be a clear movement away from all forms of privatization of public entities
By Femi Aborisade, Labour Consultant and Attorney-At-Law
‘It cannot be said often enough, that overall progress remains too slow and too uneven; that too many Africans remain caught in downward spirals of poverty, insecurity and marginalisation; that too few people benefit from the continent’s growth trend and rising geo-strategic importance; that too much of Africa’s enormous resource wealth remains in the hands of narrow elites and, increasingly, foreign investors without being turned into tangible benefits for its people’
Kofi Annan, Chair, Africa Progress Panel
(in ‘Foreword’ to “Africa Progress Panel, Jobs Justice and Equity: Seizing opportunities in times of global change, Africa Progress Panel Report, 2012” )
For the Nigerian labour movement, “Returning to our founding principles” in this context means embracing the programme of “Nigeria not for sale” drawn up in the early ‘80s by the NLC. Some of us made inputs into the development of the NLC position then. In fact, it was not a contentious position.
The Nigerian labour movement should therefore bring pressure to bear on the APC government and hold PMB to his promises, when he said:
“… Investigating corruption is a bigger priority than scrapping price caps on domestic fuel”.
“I have received …literature on the need to remove subsidies, but much of it has no depth. … Poor security, sabotage, vandalism, corruption and mismanagement – not necessarily subsidies – are the most serious problems of Nigeria’s oil sector.”
It is only the pressure by the labour movement that can make PMB to sustain his anti-subsidy and anti-privatisation of the NNPC against the plundering politically powerful pro-subsidy removal and pro-privatisation forces in the APC.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015. 11:15 a.m. [GMT]