Comrade Saheed Murtala Olayinka, chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kwara State, has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint competent individuals to deal with the country’s economic problems and security threats.

Despite the country’s economic collapse, Olayinka told reporters at the Labour House in Ilorin on Tuesday—not long after the first day of a planned statewide strike by Nigerian workers—that there are bright and educated Nigerians who can change the story.

Seek out individuals with expertise in the field and offer them the chance to work for the government.

He lamented that workers on fixed incomes were still bearing the brunt of the rising cost of living and the plunging value of the naira.

When asked about the safety of Nigerians leaving the nation, he responded, “There’s no place like home.” (Nigerian Express, 2018).

The federal government, he said, should do more to address the security issue and close the gaps.

The head of the labor union was certain that the government must have received a strong message from the first day of the demonstration.

Earlier in his vote of appreciation, Abdullateef Ahmed, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Kwara State council, characterized the present socioeconomic scenario as generally unsatisfactory.

The workers, escorted by the state chairman of the NLC and other union leaders, made their way to the Governor’s Office in Ilorin on foot while police officers kept a close eye. On the first day of the demonstration, they made their way back to the Labour House.

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