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Power: Trade union warns on collapse of economy

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—The Federal Council of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) has decried the continued negligence of the nation’s power sector by the administration, warning that the country’s economy is suffering and might collapse if urgent step is not taken to address the sector.

The trade union, which noted this drift in a statement at the end of its two-day retreat on the promotion of Trade Union Ethics and Standards held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, derided the slowness in the implementation of the 7-Point agenda of the President Umaru Yar’Adua administration.

According to the statement, “the participants expressed disappointment on the slow implementation of the President’s 7-Point agenda and condemned in particular the continuous deterioration of power supply in the country”.

In the statement by its Chairman, Comrade L.U Amaechi and Secretary, Sir GC Anucha, respectively, the union  condemned what it described, “the present high tax regime” of the Federal Government vis-à-vis poor salary paid to workers in the public service.

While calling on the government to effect positive review in the tax system to reflect the present economic realities, the body also queried the rationale for the Federal Government planned deregulation of the downstream oil sector of the economy.


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