N8,000 palliative drop of water in ocean – Labour leaders on Tinubu plan

April 13th, 2024 8:43 am

N8,000 palliative drop of water in ocean – Labour leaders on Tinubu plan

The Federal Government’s plan to pay N8,000 to 12 million households for six months, according to Mrs. Funmi Sessi, a labor leader, would be like a drop of water in the ocean, she stated on Friday.

As industry participants reacted to the government’s plan, Sessi, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos Chapter, said as much in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

In a letter to the National Assembly, President Bola Tinubu expressed his desire to ensure the welfare of the nation’s poor and vulnerable households through the Federal Government’s National Safety Net Program.

According to Tinubu’s plan, N8,000 would be digitally transferred each month for six months to the accounts of 12 million low-income and disadvantaged households.

When asked about the development, Sessi responded, “I wonder what the N8,000 can achieve for a family in a month, looking at the money and the effect of the subsidy removal that has inflated the prices of everything in the market.

“I wonder what it can buy and the services it can provide for 30 days; N8,000 cannot support a family for a week; it is impossible; it will be like a drop of water in an ocean.”

Speaking on the subject as well, Mr. Tommy Okon, National Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, suggested that before beginning to distribute palliative care, the presidential committee on the removal of oil subsidies should finish its report and reach a collective bargaining agreement with organized labor.

Otherwise, it will be the same as what the former administration did, which had no positive effects on the environment or the economy, according to Okon.

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