THE Ukwuani Foundation Union (UFU), the umbrella body of Ndokwa associations in Lagos, has thrown its weight behind the South-South governors on their threat to pull out of the Federal Governmentsâ€™ amnesty package for militants should the government fail to jettison the proposal to relocate the Petroleum Training University from Effurun in Delta State to Kaduna and modify the Rilwanu Lukman-sponsored controversial Petroleum Industry Bill.
In a release issued by the Foundationâ€™s President in Lagos, Ogbuefi VOT Abanum, he queried the rationale for such decisions at a time when the government is talking of amnesty in an attempt to resolve the crisis in the oil-rich region.
The Foundation advised the President to be careful with the sycophants that surround his administration who hide under party affiliation to mislead the government and suggested that the principle of compara-tive advantage should guide the governmentâ€™s decisions.
On the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill, the UFU President appealed to members of the National Assembly to throw out the bill as its contents and intents would further aggravate the already charged atmosphere in the Niger Delta.
He also appealed to the President to take the issues of unemployment and healthcare seriously because the masses are dying from the ravages of insecurity caused by unemployment and poverty
He suggested that some measures of the nature of the social security package as it exists in advanced nations could be useful to tackle these problems, meltdown or no meltdown.
â€œOur politicians are just too comfortable for the level of poverty in the country,â€ the union leader said.