NLC urges FG to secure health workers’ lives

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 16th, 2014
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The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) yesterday urged the Federal Government to secure the lives of  health care personnel currently involved in the  battle  against the spread of Ebola Virus Disease ( EVD).

The NLC National Executive Council (NEC), in a communiqué at the end of a meeting in Enugu, hailed government for taking proactive measures against the virus.

Congress announced the appointment of  Dr Peter Ozo-Eson as its substantive Secretary- General.

He was until now  the Chief Economist and Head of Research Department of the Congress.

The NEC-in-session asked government to ensure that the 2015 general elections are free, fair, credible and acceptable and “resolved to get all employers of Labour to maintain a group life assurance policy for their employees with a minimum benefit of three times total emolument in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2014, Section 4 (5).”

It also expressed concern about the delay by government in implementing the 33.3 per cent increase in pension payment approved by stakeholders and vowed to secure its implementation;

On democracy in the country, it said: “Although the nation has had 15 years of unbroken democracy, there is little to show as dividends of democracy. NEC noted serial acts of impunity, abuse of human rights, harassment of the media, the disruption of peaceful protests, diminishing jobs, etc, and urged the government to make democracy more benevolent and beneficial.

“The NEC-in-session commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for  its improved performance in the conduct of elections, but cautioned against the over-militarization of election zones as it could be counter-productive, and accordingly urged the government to take note;

“The NEC-in-session noted the upcoming general elections in 2015 and also took congnisance that some of our colleagues are preparing to go into party politics to actualize their political ambitions.

“The NEC-in- session also resolved to take control, revitalize and strengthen the Labour Party in line with the ideals of Labour and its ideological preference.”

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