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NLC planning to open online TV for Nigerian workers – Wabba

The Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, has announced that it will soon launch its online television to allow Nigerian workers to tell their own stories.

NLC Chairman Ayubba Waba said this during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Labor Writers Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, held in Lagos.

The theme of the event was “Growing Insecurity and Unemployment: The Way Ahead”.

“We have decided to launch the first online television very soon; we have already bought the gadgets.

“Plus, I’m sure some of you will be the journalists, the presenters and most of all, you will be everything in what we’re going to do.

“This is just the start, because we also need to assert our authority: we need to be able to have a space to tell our own story and let the workers tell their own story as well.

“Above all, let Nigerians tell their own story outside of what is being said by the mainstream media,” he said.

He said the theme of the event was appropriate and very close to the hearts of the unions, noting that one of the challenges the country is currently facing was the issue of youth unemployment.

“If we don’t fix it, there is no way to have peace and the insecurity will continue.

“Recently we had a program that tackles the issue of precarious work and employment, also providing decent jobs to our teeming youth.

“Decent jobs are very important, because without them there will be no humanity, social progress and justice; and shared prosperity for everyone, ” the NLC boss said.

Mr Waba, while congratulating the union writers on their 40th anniversary, described the writers as having great courage, dexterity and passion in the way they carry out their work.

According to him, such characteristics are the hallmark of modern journalism, say it as it is and continue to speak to power.

“When you do the right thing, you will find fulfillment and passion.

“Most of you do this job, because you get a lot of passion from reporting what also affects you and your workplace and I think that’s the beauty of it.

“By doing your work, which is at the service of humanity, you have also greatly helped the Congress to make our voices heard and this cannot be taken for granted,” he said.

In her remarks, the President of LAWAN, Ms. Bimbola Oyesola, said that the choice of the theme was guided by the need to reflect on what could be done to end the challenges highlighted.

“As media professionals in the labor sector, we are overwhelmed and disturbed by the growing number of our young people who roam the streets daily without any means of subsistence.

“What is more worrying is the wave of insecurity in our country and the fact that the most likely number of perpetrators are also young people.

“We hope that through the contributions of all of our leaders gathered here tonight, we can use the recommendations that will be well publicized by our members as our small contribution to chart the course for the transformation of our country,” said Oyesola.

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