Organised Labour has demanded the review of the retirement age for all public servants from 60 to 65 years and from 35 years to 40 years of service.
The Organised Labour made the demand during this year’s Workers’ Day Celebration with the theme, ‘Workers’ Rights and Socioeconomic Justice’ held at the Eagle Square Abuja in commemoration of the 2023 May Day Celebration.
During the celebration, the President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, also demanded that an independent panel be set up to investigate the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu and his team over their conduct in the 2023 general elections. The body also demanded an investigation into the sending of N12bn by the Ministry of Aviation to buy ten fire trucks.
Ajaero said equity, fairness and justice underpin the survival of societies and creates resilience for nations in the midst of upheavals and turbulence, noting that Nigeria needs the presence of this mass to jump-start the process of development. He said poor wages, abuse of workplace rights and privileges as well as unpaid salaries strip workers of their rights.
On his part, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Osifo, decried the state of the economy, which according to him is on autopilot, struggling to survive while those engaged to manage it have kept throwing filth and injecting toxins into it.
He described as unfortunate, a situation which the country is led by men and women who delight in enacting policies that are detrimental to the progress of the nation, including the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) currency redesigning policy.
Attending the event are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen. Also in attendance was the candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi.