By OKEY NDIRIBE &VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
ABUJA—NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday opposed the scrapping of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, perceived to have proven records of success.
The Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, led by Stephen Oronsaye, had recommended the scrapping or merger of some government agencies whose functions overlap.
NLC, in a statement issued by Acting President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, also said to avoid labour issues such as job losses that might occur as a result of the report which recommended the reduction of 263 statutory commissions to 161 and scrapping of 38, the Presidency should invite Labour for discussions on the issue to avoid unnecessary tension.
The NLC argued that the recommendations of the committee had thrown up serious Labour and social challenges that might lead to massive loss of jobs, which could have disastrous consequences for the country.
It stated: “Now that the Report is out and a government team to produce a White Paper has been constituted, the NLC finds it imperative to raise the social and Labour issues that will result.
“It is necessary to clarify that the NLC believes that the cost of governance needs to be reduced although we think this has to do mainly with government expenditure on political appointees and hangers on.”