TUC Warns Against Threats To Impeach Jonathan

Comrade Peter Esele The Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Lagos on Friday warned the House of Representatives against its threat to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Peter Esele, the TUC National President, who spoke at the end of the Congress National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, said that the threat was a distraction to the polity.

Esele said that rather than impeach Jonathan, the lawmakers should proffer solutions to Nigeria’s economic problems.

He said that though the NEC in session was in support of the House of Representatives’ position on the issue of budget implementation, it disagreed with the purported threats to impeach the President.

The TUC president, however, urged the Federal Government to ensure the implementation of all aspects of the budget.

He also advised that the cost of governance should be cut down to ensure the growth and development of the economy.

“No country can develop where its recurrent expenditure is over 70 per cent of its national budget. Our cost of governance is very high,’’ Esele said.

On fuel subsidy scam, the TUC president called on the Federal Government to ensure that the trial of those indicted should be seen to a logical conclusion.

“The probe may not have been perfect but we urge the government to ensure that those indicted are brought to justice,’’ he said.

Esele further said that the TUC would not support any State Government that pays below N18, 000 minimum wage signed into law.

“We will not support the plans to remove the minimum wage from the exclusive list in the ongoing plans to amend the 1999 constitution.

“We advice the lawmakers to ensure that the plan is not carried out and that the rights of the ordinary Nigerians are respected. ’’

Esele noted that the government agreed to pay the minimum wage after series of dialogue with the organised labour.

He warned that any attempt to remove the issue of workers’ wage from the exclusive legislative list would lead to crisis as the minimum wage could barely meet the needs of the people.

The TUC president said that while the congress in council was not against privatisation of the electricity sector, it, however, insisted that all the benefits and entitlements of workers must be paid.

He further said that the congress would not support the handover of the power sector to those who were incapable of providing steady electricity supply.

He noted that the development of the country’s economy through the realisation of steady power supply was not only crucial but achievable with political will. (NAN)

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