By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has urged the Federal Government to put an end to the distribution of Excess Crude Funds to the tiers of government, insisting that the funds have not been judiciously utilised in the interest of the common man.
Labour hence advocated the channelling of the funds into addressing the educational, infrastructural and power needs of the country.
This call was made by the Benue State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Simon Anchaver while addressing newsmen in Makurdi.
Anchaver decried the near total collapse of infrastructure in the country and wondered why funds that would have been dedicated to redressing the appalling infrastructural base of the nation were being shared among the tiers of government who in most cases misappropriated the funds.
The NLC who spoke against the backdrop of recent allegations that the chunk of the funds released to local government council chairmen in Benue State have been misappropriated by the chairmen prompting the setting up of a probe panel by the state House of Assembly to investigate the allegation, urged the Federal Government to â€œhalt forthwith the sharing of Excess Crude Funds amongst the tiers of government.
â€œHow can anyone claim that there is excess funds to share amongst the tiers of government when the unpalatable situation in the power sector has left all Nigerians in doldrums. Same goes for the infrastructure base of the nation.
“Our roads are death traps, the educational sector is in dire need of funds, yet government has excess funds to share which sometimes unfortunately ends in private pocketsâ€.
â€œWe sincerely suggest that government directly channel the funds into addressing the power, educational and infrastructural needs of the people rather than the current practice,â€ Anchaver said.