President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero has criticised the outgoing government under President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it performed poorly on power supply, infrastructure, and industrial relations with aggrieved unions.
Ajaero also claimed political parties in Nigeria lacked ideologies, a phenomenon that makes them underperform when elected into public office.
According to the NLC President, he does not expect much from the incoming administration, since they are from the same party.
He said this on Monday, when he paid a visit to the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) head office in Abuja as part of his familarisation tour of unions.
His words, “We want a government that Nigerians will enjoy and this level of underdevelopment will stop. Because what we are saying is that Nigeria is underdeveloping. We are rescinding everywhere. At the point that Buhari took over government, in the power sector, for instance, they were hovering between 4,000 to 5,000 megawatts averagely. And in the past eight years, it has been reduced to about 3,000. That is moving back from where we were.
“ASUU strike used to be three to four months, under his watch, we started recording eight months of ASUU strike. We are rescinding.
“If you check the infrastructure, it is still the same thing. If we were paying N50,000 for air ticket before, we are paying about N80,000 today. So, the new government, we are still waiting to get their own agenda. Because if we follow the manifesto of the APC, they will sustain what Buhari has done, and if it is underdevelopment that they are sustaining, then there is a problem. So the NLC will wait for the agenda of the new government before we comment.
“You can see that parties no longer implement their manifesto. So that is why we are worried. We can’t talk about the agenda of any government. We can only wait for them to state their own agenda.”