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NLC calls for implentation of core development plans


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said social services must be improved in Africa, calling for the implementation of the core provisions of development plans with a focus on the fourth industrial revolution.

The NLC said this in a statement by its President, Ayuba Wabba, in celebration of Africa’s Industrialisation Day.

“The pandemic has revealed the acute deficits of social protection cover as only 17.4 per cent of Africans can boast of security cover. This challenge is symptomatic of poor industrialisation and the consequent dearth of decent jobs in Africa,” it said.

According to the union, poor industrialisation results in low productivity, stunted economic growth, fewer jobs, and social chaos.

It highlighted the importance of paying serious attention to industrialisation, productivity, economic growth, job creation and social development in Africa.

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It said: “This is the time to change the begging bowl stereotype of the African continent by re-industrialising our cities, towns and villages. It is pertinent to point out that having missed the first, second and third industrial revolutions, Africans cannot afford to be left out of the fourth revolution.

“There are several ways to catch up before we can hop on the train of the fourth industrial revolution. We must prioritise our social sector.

“We must improve social services. We must increase budgetary allocation to education, health and social welfare services and with an eye on value for money.

“We must improve physical infrastructure. We must build roads, railways and inland waterways to connect our sub-regions. We must resolve the chaos in our aviation sector. We must enhance the value additions to the primary modes of our economy.

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“We must restore the culture of mutual respect, maintain the peace, foster stability and end the wars and violence on the mother continent.Now is the time to industrialise Africa.”


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