One of the best ways out of the current economic challenges facing masses in the country is for the Federal Government to establish a body that will be responsible for their empowerment which will be known as National Welfare Council (NWC).
According to sessoned Labour leader, Comrade Gbenga Olowoyo, such agency will address the increasing rate of poverty among different segments of the Nigerian society.
Delivering a lecture at the Pre-SDC seminar programme organized by the state leadership of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, (NCSU), Ekiti state Council held at the conference Hall of the Union in Ado-Ekiti, comrade Olowoyo lamented what he called disturbing rate of economic hardship among the masses.
Comrade Olowoyo observed that it is very disheartening that in Nigeria, “we have National Council of State comprising all segments of past President, former chief Justices of Nigeria, Nigeria Governors and other folks and presided over by sitting President, we have National Economics Council and recently National Food Security Council”
On the strength of the above assertion,” l suggest establishment of National Welfare Council a statutory body that will comprise ministers, Governors interest/ professional groups, association, Trade Unions and vocational groups that will be a think tank that will project for the welfare of the less privileged and vulnerable components in the society and could be presided by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: decisions taken by this council, will form a policy framework for the downtrodden, under employed and unemployed segments in the country
The Labour leader opined that, the National Welfare Council will be in tandem with 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the section which says “we resolved to live in unity and harmony, for the purpose of promoting the good government and welfare of all persons in our country on the principles of freedom, equality and justice and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people
Comrade Olowoyo Who is an Industrial Relations practitioner with Nigeria Civil Service Union insisted that the security safety nest, the employment generation, poverty alleviation and empowerment policy will be along term policy that will not die with any government in power either that government wins or loses.
“Upon the solemnization on the page one of the constitution, our political leaders have continued to treat us with impunity and leading us without direction”, He said.