Organised Labour has called on the Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir el Rufai to urgently cease fire and work together for the benefit of the good people of Kaduna State in particular and the nation in general.
The Vice President of IndustriALL global union and NEC Member of NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu, made the call while playing host to Senator Shehu Sani, who visited the Textile Labour House, in Kaduna recently .
Comrade Aremu who is also the General Secretary of the textile workers’ union said the unending open exchange of words between the senator and the Governor is unhelpful observing that it diverts attention from the critical challenge of the development of Kaduna State. Aremu who said there cannot be development without minimum cooperation among elected public officers, stated that both the governor and the Senator are pride of Kaduna State who must cooperate to ensure revival of the closed textile industries in the State with a view of providing mass sustainable decent employment for the teeming unemployed in the State.
While commending the 8th National Assembly for the effort on the public procurement Act, Comrade Aremu noted that government is the biggest spender. “with N7.3 billion budget if the government should direct greater part of the budget to buying made in Nigeria products a good number of factories will reopen for production and millions of jobs will be created” he said. He gave instance of a factory in Zaria (Zaria Industries Limited) that produces tarpaulin which rather than being patronized by government for military outfits, government prefers to buy from China and India.
Earlier in his remark, the President of the Union, Comrade John Adaji while welcoming Senator Shehu Sani acknowledged the warm friendship between him and the union even before his election as a senator of the Federal Republic. He commended him for his activism in the Senate on critical issues of national development and called for his intervention for the revival of textile industry.
Responding, Senator Shehu Sani stated that his visit to Textile Labour House was a home coming. He spoke of his long standing relationship with the union. He said the visit was also official because the union’s national secretariat is located in his constituency and he has the responsibility to address issues affecting his constituency. He said the collapse of industries in the state and his constituency in particular is a pressing issue and of deep concern. Senator Sani said the upper chamber is working on a bill on patronizing made in Nigeria products as part of the efforts to revive local industries and soon memorandum will be called upon and the union will be invited for the public hearing.
Speaking on the economy Senator Sani observed that when Nigeria had enough resources attention was not given to the industry and manufacturing sector. He pointed out that economic diversification should not be on rice alone but on the manufacturing sector at large. He expressed his commitment to support the union’s campaign for the revival of the industry and patronage of made in Nigeria goods.
He noted that the N5,000 government’s Conditional Cash Transfer for the unemployed youths is commendable. However to make it sustainable, there is the urgent need for revival of the industrial sector to create mass decent jobs for the teeming unemployed in the country.