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Ministers should earn their pay, Labour tells Jonathan

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

Kaduna — NATIONAL Union of Textile and Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, weekend, in Kaduna called on Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to direct members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, justify the money paid as salaries and allowances, saying Jonathan-led cabinet should not give the impression of a team lacking focus so soon.

The union in a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, argued that the activities of the FEC members before and after Jonathan became Acting President, were clearly unhelpful to move the nation forward.

The union lamentedthat the resolution last Wednesday to sent a six-man delegation to Suadi Arabia to visit the ailing President instead of visiting power stations, industries, hospitals, schools to see how to make them function better was nothing but self-serving that would not contribute anything to the development of the country.

Comrade Aremu who is also a Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the statement, said : “For instance, Minister of Petroleum, Rilwanu Lukman, has been on duty at home yet Nigerians are sleeping in filling stations (willing to pay but no fuel), refineries are dead, regulatory agencies in the sector look the other way while illegal markets thrive and unofficial pricing reign.

“Is it when he embarks on a trip to Saudi Arabia like a Foreign Minister to ascertain what we all know (that the President is sick) that long queues will disappear at our filling stations and refineries back to work?   And who budgets and pays for these trips?

“This government should not carry its insensitivity too far. It should rather settle to provide good governance. How can a six-man committee’s visit to Saudi Arabia help to improve power situation in the country which officially has dropped to 2,500 MW?

“The truth is that, embarking on a journey to Saudi Arabia over a matter that is common knowledge is certainly wasteful and unnecessary. “


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