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TUC tells EFCC, ICPC to probe govs owing salaries, pension

By Cross Udo
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) yesterday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) to investigate state governors that are still owing workers arrears of pension, salaries, and allowances.

The union said that it is mobilizing support for next Tuesday’s nationwide protest by workers against the continued closure of federal universities due to the lectures’ strike.
Speaking at the 12th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the union, outgoing President of TUC, Comrade Quadiri Olaleye condemned the non-payment of workers’ entitlement by the affected Governors despite receiving huge sums as bailout funds, budgetary support funds, and the Paris Club debt refund.

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The TUC boss lamented the hardship Nigerians are currently facing due to the ailing economy and urged the federal government to lift the ban on some essential commodities, especially those that we do have a close substitute.

Olaleye said, “The governors claim that they gave no money to pay whereas they have money to pay their predecessors and also fund their reckless lifestyle. We condemn it and demand the EFCC and ICPC to investigate and bring the governors to book.”
On the trouble in the education sector, he said that the sector which is the bedrock of development has been neglected and allowed to be plagued with a myriad of problems.
According to him, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on strike for five months due to poor funding, and inadequate infrastructure.

He said, “The Congress is solidly behind ASUU and will continue to advocate for sanity in the sector. To this end, TUC is mobilizing to join her counterpart, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in carrying out a nationwide protest to compel the government to resolve the dispute with university workers.”

On funding the education sector, Olaleye said that the Federal Government merely allocated a paltry sum of N875.93bn to the education sector in this year’s budget, which is about 7.2 percent of the national budget.
Regarding the epileptic power supply situation in the country, Congress lamented the failings of the privatization of power supply assets and urged the federal government to urgently renegotiate the contract and hand over the electricity firms to reputable global players.

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The union also kicked against the plan to privatize Federal Government Colleges and hand it to a few merchants, saying that such a move runs against the spirit and objective of government providing for the wellbeing of its people.

TUC President urged the federal government and the National Assembly to immediately stop what it described as ‘’malicious agenda’’ of privatising Unity Schools across the country.

He added that there is nowhere in the world where secondary education is run as a profit-making venture

According to him, TUC would use every available means to resist the attempt of mortgaging secondary school education.

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