The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen has expressed optimism that Nigeria will surmount its economic challenges despite the current difficulties facing the country.
The Speaker’s message comes as Nigeria marks its 63rd Independence Anniversary on Sunday.
“I want to assure my fellow citizens and compatriots that Nigeria will be great again,” Tajudeen said in a statement on Saturday. “We have overcome many challenges in the past, and we will overcome this one too.”
Tajudeen acknowledged the soaring inflation, crumbling naira, energy crisis, and other economic challenges facing Nigeria, but he urged Nigerians to keep hope alive.
“I know that things are tough right now, but we must not give up,” he said. “We must continue to work together to build a better future for ourselves and for our children.”
The Speaker also appealed to organized labour under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to shelve their plan to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike on Tuesday over welfare issues.
“Embarking on a nationwide indefinite strike would do the country no good,” Tajudeen said. “It would only aggravate the situation and make things worse for everyone.”
He urged organized labour to reason with the Federal Government and put the strike on hold so that all issues could be resolved amicably.