On 1st May 2023, during the Workers’ Day celebration themed “Workers’ Rights and Socioeconomic Justice,” the Organised Labour called for several investigations and actions. The event, attended by past and present leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), along with other affiliate unions, took place at Eagle Square in Abuja. This was the last May Day celebration during President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency.
The Organised Labour demanded an independent panel inquiry into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and his team’s conduct during the 2023 general elections. Additionally, they called for an investigation into the Ministry of Aviation’s purchase of ten fire vehicles worth N12 billion.
President of NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, stressed the importance of employees’ rights and how they are violated by low pay, misuse of workplace privileges, and unpaid wages. He highlighted the significance of the working class in society and urged Nigeria to harness its potential to kickstart the development process.
TUC President, Comrade Festus Osifo, expressed his concern about the country’s economic status and how it is running on autopilot. He condemned the harmful policies implemented, such as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) currency revamping policy. At the same time, those in charge have failed to initiate any progressive actions.
Several prominent figures attended the event, including Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment; Mohammed Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory; Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, and Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president in the 2023 election.