By Progress Godfrey, Abuja
Labour and Pro-Labour Civil Society Organisations have launched a campaign aimed at influencing radical changes in government policies, processes and institutions at all levels.
The Group in a statement delivered by its co-convener, Comrade Jaye Gaskia of Praxis Centre in Abuja on Monday, lamented that Nigerian Government at all levels has failed to meet the socio-economic and welfare needs of the Nigerian people as a result of the lack of will power and commitment.
Furthermore, as the economic, social and security outlook gets worse, the State has become more and more repressive and intolerant of views that challenge and criticize the actions or inactions of Government.
Comr Gaskia also stressed the importance of a robust and expansive civic space, where the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association is guaranteed. A position he said, is premised on the direct correlation between the civic space and the ability to hold the government accountable.
The Three thematic areas for the Campaign are, “Ensuring accessible and effective public service delivery; Enabling political education of Citizens for transformative Governance; and Promoting and Enhancing Human Security as a panacea to the endemic insecurity in the Country and ravaging poverty and devastating conditions of the people,” the statement averred
The Campaign which has been established to end bad governance; Corruption and Human Insecurity in Nigeria comprises of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service and Recreational Service Employees (AUPCTRE), Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON) and Pro-Labour Civil Society Organisations.
It is unacceptable that a Country with the enormous and vast resources (Human and Material) would be ranked among the poorest in the world. “The Nigerian people are among the least secured people; economically and physically in the World. The facts and figures paint a very grim picture, even official Government Statistics don’t paint a good picture,” Comr Gaskia added, while stating that the Campaign has been established to reverse the negative trend and downward spiral.