Labour demands rehabilitation of refineries in Nigeria

Posted by News Express | 8 June 2015 | 2,816 times

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to urgently fix all deplorable roads and also rehabilitate the refineries in order put an end to incessant tanker accidents that result to fire outbreak across the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday, a factional Deputy President of the NLC, Issa Aremu, described as shameful the movement of highly inflammable products through hundreds kilometres of bad roads in Nigeria instead of the international best practices of using refineries and depots.

Mr Aremu appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to put a stop to such anomaly.

He also urged the present government to deepen the ongoing revival of the railways through public investment.

According to him, the solution is not in privatising the railways as doing so would not add value to national wellbeing and development to the nation’s transport sector.

“Railway requires massive injection of funds to upgrade its tracks to standard gauge and modernise the wagon and haulage facilities. If fixed, Railways can also absorb hundreds of thousands of jobs for the millions of unemployed youths under the Buhari dispensation,” the statement read

Aremu also demanded that the government must urgently compensate all the victims of the carnage Onitsha and Lagos petrol tanker fire accidents.

•Sourced from Channels TV. Photo shows Issa Aremu.

Source: News Express

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