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40,000 construction workers lose jobs

WORRIED that unless urgent step is taken, the construction companies may go bankrupt, the leadership of National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), has called on Federal Government and the other two tiers of governments to create enabling atmosphere for job creation in the industry.
Speaking with National Daily during the just concluded May Day celebrations in Abuja, the General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Babatunde Liadi lamented that over 40,000 of its members lost jobs in recent months based on the low patronage of made-in-Nigeria furniture and refusal of prompt payment of jobs done both by federal, states, local governments and political class.
Reacting to the question on what he felt should be the way out to discourage Nigerians, politicians and ruling class from patronage of foreign products at the detriment of home-made goods, Liadi explained that “Government and politicians should make it point of duty to our father-land by patronizing made in Nigeria goods, they should start by showing example for others to follow. Politicians and the three tiers of Government are all playing lip-service to campaign on the use of Made -in- Nigeria goods. If you doubt me, visit their offices or homes, hardly will see any locally made materials. From their waste bins to kitchen cabinets are all imported materials, thereby creating jobs for other countries at the detriment of Nigerians.”
“My call is for government to transformation and development in construction industry, there is no way construction can grow without the patronage of Nigerians.”
Reacting to the question on the alleged inferior quality of jobs done by members of the industry as reason for insistence of imported products by many Nigerians, NUCECFWW mouthpiece responded, saying “Sideling the locally made furniture or construction of roads, drainages and giving them only to foreign construction company is killing the local industry because they will not have time to grow with that kind of marginalization. Political class and governments at all levels should make it point of duty to award contracts for road constructions and furniture making to our members, that is how we can grow and become perfect both in road and furniture construction.”

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