The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ekiti State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul his economic team to give Nigerians a new lease of life.
State NLC Chairman Ade Adesanmi, who made the call in a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said there was need to rejig the economic team “so that his much-touted change mantra won’t end like a mere slogan without productive effects on lives of the citizens.”
Adesanmi said what Buhari promised Nigerians before the March 28 , 2015, presidential poll was life full of abundance and not the hardship witnessed today.
He said: “President Buhari campaigned in the 36 states and what he promised us was life full of peace and abundance.
“However, the President has been able to give us peace by way of tackling Boko Haram insurgents while he has also taken decisive actions against militancy in the Niger Delta, but the issue of the receding economy as shown in the skyrocketing prices of goods and services and callous losses of jobs by Nigerians are worrisome.
“President Buhari did not promise that a bag of rice, which was sold for N9,000, will be sold for N40,000. He didn’t promise that a bag of cement, which was sold for N1,500, will be sold for N2,500 within one year he assumed office. He didn’t promise that a litre of petrol, which cost N87, will be jacked up to N145, among other items, which prices have jumped up in four folds.
“The APC-led Federal Government must look beyond its party to solve our economic problems. We suggest that President Buhari rejig his economic team. He must make changes before things get out of hands.
“As much as we align with the idea of relying on Nigerian products to grow our economy, we disagree with the idea of total ban on some food items to allow internal production of such commodity.’’