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Labour To Buhari: Recover All Looted Funds

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh, Sylvester Enoghase, and Onoja Audu

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), including their allies in the civil society organisations on Thursday, made good their mass rally in Abuja in support of the on-going anti-graft war being championed by the Federal Government.

They accused the judicial sector, particularly senior judges in Nigeria of culpability, especially in aiding and abetting corruption cases by shielding corrupt public officials through perpetual court injunction.

President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba who cited the case of the Police Pension Scam involving John Yusufu, who embezzled N32.8b and was given a light sentence with an option of N750,000 fine, said such judgment smears of widespread corruption within the judicial sector.

Leaders of the two Labour centres who reeled out sectors where corruption has eaten deep into the system, from the power, petroleum, education to the aviation sector, said the Federal Government must also hasten the resolution of all pending corruption cases before the courts.

“We would like to use this opportunity to say that our next port of call concerning our campaign against corruption will be the judiciary sector, most of whom entertain perpetual injunction to shield corrupt officials from the long arms of the law.

“Non-payment of workers salaries is attributed to corrupt practices of state governors, who have gone into heavy borrowing from banks to carry out white elephant projects they clearly have no capacity for and use them as conduit pipes to siphon public funds into their personal pockets,” the Labour groups added.

The workers who thronged out in their numbers, attributed the slow pace of development in Nigeria to corruption, lamenting that corruption has over the years denied Nigerians of quality health care, education and meaningful employment.

Both labour centres which mobilised their members at the Unity Fountain, Abuja first took the rally to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where they tasked the agency not to relent on the fight against corruption.

Responding, Ibrahim Lamorde, Chairman of the EFCC, said President Muhammadu Buhari has never kept anyone in doubt concerning his stance on corruption, adding that the EFCC would not disappoint Nigerians.

He said the Commission has been mandated to co-opt officials of the NLC and TUC in exploring means of putting an end to graft in the country.

At the National Assembly which was their second port of call, they insisted that legislators in both chambers of NASS must show leadership by strengthening the FOI Act and enact relevant laws that would protect whistle blowers willing to share information.

According to the President of the Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Bala Kaigama sitting members of the House of Representatives and Senate should emulate Buhari by declaring their assets publicly.

He noted that virtually all aspects of Nigeria’s infrastructure are at a deplorable condition because of corruption.

“The country is characterised by bad road networks, constant power outages, lack of security, inadequate water supply, unacceptable health facilities and declining education system,” he noted.