The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero has revealed the details of the organised labour meeting with President Bola Tinubu.
Recall that leaders of NLC and trade union congress (TUC) met with Tinubu in Abuja last Wednesday amid a nationwide protests occasioned by the rising cost of living.
Speaking when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Ajaero said Tinubu inundated them with what he was doing to cut the costs of governance.
He said the President attempted to prune the presidential fleet, among other decisions aimed at reducing the cost of governance.
Ajaero also disclosed that Tinubu justified the high number of staff working for him, an issued that has been a source of criticism.
According to the NLC president, Tinubu argued that rather than subscribe to complaints over hiring numerous Senior Advisers (SAs) and “SAs to SAs”, the unionists should consider the hires in the light of job creation.
He said Tinubu told them that he stayed in a two-bedroom apartment.
“He (Tinubu) took his own case for example. He told us that if you come to his fleet of cars, that it was large and he made efforts to reduce it and he was told that it’s a security issue,” Ajaero recounted.
“He equally went further to say that he prefers to use his own private jet and they told him no, it’s a security issue, he must use the government jet. And he went further to say, even himself, that he’s using only a two-bedroom flat.
“That he’s trying as much as possible to tighten his belt and he will try as much as possible to talk to his people working with him. So, I don’t know what that means.”