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The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has frowned at the Nigerian Governors Forum’s recommendations to the Federal Government on the solution to the country’s economic woes.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, disclosed this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that governors allegedly proposed the removal of petrol subsidy/under-recovery estimated at N6-7 trillion.
The governors also asked for early retirement of civil servants aged above fifty years and the implementation of the reviewed Oronsaye Report, which proposed ending the financing of the government’s budgetary expenditures.
Wabba in his reaction described the proposals as shameful, insensitive and hypocritical.
He said, “Your Excellency, while we do agree that the economy is in need of revitalisation, we are dismayed by some of the prescriptions of the governors as they smack of extreme selfishness and insensate cruelty.
“We find this repugnant, shameful and utterly irresponsible, aside from running contrary to your mission and principle of creating 100 million jobs.
“Aside from poverty intervention schemes, this policy is a clear invitation to anarchy and damnation.
“Pursuant to this, if State Governors strongly believe that age 50 is the problem, we demand that all governors, public office holders and politicians above 50, as a mark of good faith, should immediately step aside.
“Leading by example would spur public servants to take a cue.
“Beyond this, however, implementation of this policy in the public sector will give a cue to the private sector to follow suit, with all its attendant devastating consequences,” he said.
Speaking on the removal of fuel subsidy, Wabba described it as “unrealistic, insensitive and hypocritical.”