Senator Shehu Sani has given his not to the planned protest against Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s policies by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Sani expressed his support for the protest during a meeting with the labour leaders from his constituency, at his home.
The Daily Sun reports that he said “I have carefully listened to your complains and oral petition and your planned mass action tomorrow (today) and I want to say unambiguously that I am 100% in your support.
“The issues you raised are true and very germane. The issue you raised are the true precarious plight of the Nigerian worker, especially in Kaduna State. I am particularly disturbed by the position of people in power that came into office with the promise of change. They were voted into office to make condition of the masses and the Nigerian worker better. But today, we are living in reality of failure of that promise.”
Sani also said “If we speak truth to power and created a change of government, then power needs to speak truth to us. There is no doubt the economy is facing challenges. But, instead of governors embarking on white elephant project, the salary of workers must come first. Workers salary must come first before road construction, street light, bridges, housing estates, amusement parks etc etc. Workers salary must come first before any physical and immaterial projects.
“As you plan your mass rally, I stand by you. Any government that is against the issue of unionism, that government is anti-people. Workers are the backbone of every society and of every revolutionary change. Anybody that is standing for the division of workers union, is moving towards the persecution of workers. And any worker who rejects his union identity card is making himself vulnerable to persecution, retrenchment and is under the mercy of the whims and caprices of those in power.”
“Nigerian workers are the most important segment of Nigerian society. The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, the NLC, TUC, NUT must come together and defend the interest of its members, that is why I support your planned action.
“Any law, any Act and decree that subverts the fundamental rights and interest of Nigerian workers, disobey that law,” he added.
Senator Shehu Sani also criticised the Kaduna state religious censorship bill, saying such can only build dictatorship.
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