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Veteran Journalists Urge Buhari To Establish Workers’ Bank

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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The Association of Nigerian Veteran Journalists has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a Workers’ Bank with branches across the 36 states of the federation, to prevent government owing workers for months.

This was contained in a communiqué signed by the Osun State branch of the association, at the end of the workshop organised to mark the 24th anniversary of the creation of the state.

The association also urged the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and politicians in the state to set up a committee to help the state find a lasting solution to its debt problem.

The journalists also urged the state to invest in agriculture and to consider exploration of natural resources in the state to boost its revenue.

The communiqué read, “That as a way of averting situations in which government continues to owe workers salaries, President Muhammadu Buhari should establish a Nigeria Workers’ Bank with a branch in each state and ensure that funds meant for workers’ salaries are lodged there without passing through their state governments.

“That Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and other leading community leaders as well as politicians in Osun State should work together in setting up a broad based committee towards assisting in finding solution to the debt burden of the state while diversifying the states’ economy through the establishment of farm settlement, exploration of solid minerals and a viable railways system to facilitate the developmental programmes.”

Although, there seemed to be a rift between the governor and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuf, the association suggested that community leaders should team up with the two political leaders to work toward restoring lost social economic fortunes of the state.

They added, “The key industries sited in the state by the Federal Government, namely Nigeria Steel Rolling Mills and Machine Tools Osogbo, have been sold out, and believed that much could be achieved in reversing the sad trend through the collaborative efforts of a joint collective leadership which could evolve in form of a dynamic Osun Forum established in the past”.