Ahead of the national conference, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said it would make robust presentations with strict focus on national and core labour issues at the conference.
The NLC also said its presentations at the national conference would come with comprehensive consultations with sister unions, which are expected to help in organising its presentations.
The central labour leadership made this disclosure in a statement signed by its President, Abdulwaheed Omar, and acting General Secretary, Chris Uyot, in Abuja.
Their pledge for a spirited show at the conference also came with some lashes at the federal government over the state of the nation.
The statement contained a resolution of an emergency meeting of its Central Working Committee (CWC), which was held last week.
It stated that it had after an exhaustive deliberation, endorsed the report of the congress to the national conference and accepted to focus on national and core labour issues, while resolving to work with organisations of like minds to make a robust presentation at the conference.
On the state of the nation, NLC said: â€œThe CWC condemned the present nation-wide fuel shortage,â€ describing it as â€œa cruel conspiracy between the government and the marketers to impose hardship and trauma on the poor and hapless Nigerians with a view to ostensibly increase fuel prices.
â€œAny attempt to further engender hardship on the people through increase in fuel prices will be resisted by the labour movement,” he warned.
The CWC also called on the government to stop what it said was a subterfuge and take all necessary action immediately to restore full and uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to consumers across the country.
Condemning the recent killings of students by the Boko Haram members, the statement said: â€œThe CWC condemned the murder of innocent school children in Yobe State, and the unrelenting killings and brigandage in Borno State and renewed its call on the government to save lives by devising an imaginative and enduring strategy that would curb the menace of Boko Haram insurgency.â€ Also the statement formally announced the death of one of its former acting General Secretaries, Comrade Aloysius Morgan Anigbo, who died on February 26, at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu, after a brief illness.
According to the statement, Anigbo was the pioneer Head of Organisation of NLC in 1978 and worked tirelessly with other comrades in extreme sacrifice to nurture and build the union. The NLC said Anigbo retired after the unfortunate intervention of the Abacha regime in the affairs of the NLC in 1994.