By Victor Ahiuma-Young
TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has called on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and his colleagues to ask all President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees not only to publicly declare their assets, as one of the preconditions for their confirmation as ministers.
TUC, in a statement by its President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Secretary General, Musa Lawal, contended that public declaration of assets would interest Nigerians, as President Muhummadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo had set the ball rolling.
The union lamented that it was saddened by reports of the arrest of the former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, by the British authorities and the amount of money said to be in her possession.
According to TUC, following reports that many other government officers have generously helped themselves with public funds to the detriment of majority of the citizens, there is need to verify the financial and material possessions of the ministerial nominees before they are allowed to assume such high offices.
Congress argued that the time had come for government ministries to be headed by only persons of ascertained and proven integrity in all ramifications.
The union said: “We do not need ministers who are only interested in buying and paying cash for mortgages in choice cities all over the world.
“We are on the same page with other well-meaning Nigerians, who feel that the President has already taken too long to form a formidable team. But a few more days should suffice for the Senate and the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, to investigate the nature, value and locations of declared assets.