The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC on Thursday lashed out on Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over their call for Mr. Sanusi’s sack, accusing the Labour leaders of hypocrisy.
It would be recalled that the Labour leaders criticized the Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for his recent call for sack of 50 per cent of civil servants.
At a seminar in Warri on Tuesday, Sanusi said Nigeria was wasting 70 per cent of its resources on salaries and emoluments.
He also advocated a cut in expenditure of executive and legislative arms of government to free more cash for development. In his view, the number of lawmakers should be reduced and local governments scrapped.
The President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria , TUC, Peter Esele, said that Mr. Sanusi lacked the capacity to call for the action, adding that the governor should rather, go to the National Assembly and challenge legislators’ spending and not the civil servants.
However, CPC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, on Thursday, said the “call for the sacking of the forthright Public officer for volunteering his personal opinion is equally preposterous.”
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has noted the recent call for the sack of the Central Bank Governor (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, by the Labour leaders over his recent commentary on the unacceptable 70% of the budget that is perennially spent on recurrent as against the paltry 30% used for improvement of the Nation’s Infrastructure.
Whilst we do not agree that the cause of the exorbitant recurrent expenditure is wholly due to the size of the public service work-force and that the sacking of half its size is the solution to the identified problem, we believe the call for the call for the sacking of the forthright Public officer for volunteering his personal opinion is equally preposterous. It is our belief that the fiscal indiscipline of this Jonathan-led administration has exacerbated the Nation’s malaise!
We equally believe that rather vilifying the CBN governor for the commentary, this should throw up meaningful discourse on extricating the Nation from the financial recklessness of this PDP-led Federal Government. In the first place, the CBN governor is not in a position to implement policy for sacking the Nation’s public servants. At best, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi aired his personal opinion. We are at a loss at the nexus between his personal opinion and the strident call for his sack, except there are other sinister underpinings in this call.
As a Party, we have equally taken note of the ignominious manner this present crop of Labour leadership truncated, in January 2012, the people’s popular refusal to yield to the exploitative tendencies of the Nation’s rulers. In the course of scuttling the people’s revolt, some of these Labour leaders got appointed into some dodgy committees that were not primed to achieve result. This is why we view this call by the Labour leaders for Sanusi’s sack as a cheap, opportunistic (albeit languid) ploy to crawl back to the people’s reckoning.
We believe that responsible leadership is about selflessness and consistency. We advise the Nation’s Labour leaders to critically examine the policies of governments (Federal and State) that impinge on the well-being of the people instead of looking for scape-goat for cheap populism.
God bless Nigeria.
Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
National Publicity Secretary.
(Thursday, November 29, 2012)