By Olayinka Olawale
#TrackNigeria: Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State Wing, on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the 2019 Presidential elections, to form a government of national unity.
The Chairman of the union, Mr Adesina Adedoyin, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that a government of national unity would ensure everybody contributed to national development.
He said no one has monopoly of knowledge, adding that if the opposing side had good programmes and ideas it should be looked at and considered so everyone could contribute to the nation’s development.
“Form a government of national unity that will make everybody to contribute to the nation’s development.
“People in power can be advised, people can submit memoranda to the government so that we can go ahead with the country.
“I want the loser to be gallant in his loss and the winner to be humane in victory so that they can move the country forward,’’ the NUT chairman said.
Adedoyin urged Buhari not to forget to fulfil his promises to Nigerians and workers in general and to move into action immediately.
“I want to congratulate our president for winning the ticket for a second term of four years.
“He should not forget and relent on the promises he made to Nigerians and workers during the general elections.
“Now that he has won the election, maybe the administration will be able to settle down on the new minimum wage which has been lingering for the past three months.
“During the 2011 negotiation, it was agreed that every three years, the minimum wage of the workers will be reviewed.
“Considering the prevailing economic hardship now, I think there is need without any noise to implement the minimum wage for workers.
“It is only in this part of the world that we notice that our leaders, when they make an agreement, they move one step forward and 10 steps backward,’’ the NUT boss said.
On the 2019 electoral process, the union leader urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the process.
He said that INEC had done its best but its best was not good enough taking into consideration some loopholes observed by many Nigerians. (NAN)