Thursday, 10 September 2015

Gov. Obiano Pledges Quick Intervention as Anambra State NLC Joins Counterparts Nationwide on Anti-corruption Rally

Nigeria Labour Council, (NLC) Anambra State Council, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have joined their counterparts nationwide to stage a peaceful rally to draw attention of political authorities to the state of the country and damages corruption has caused its development in totality.

Delivering the address signed by the National Presidents of NLC and TUC, Comrades Ayuba Wabba and Bobboi Kaigama, the Anambra State Chairmen of the unions, Comrades Jerry Nnubia and Okechukwu Ifeanyi said the rally was a national discourse to drastically reduce the cost of governance at all level against the background of the fall in the price of crude oil and foreign revenue.

Hence, they called on Governor Willie Obiano to fashion out modalities that would help his government to reduce the cost of governance from the state to local government area level as President Muhammadu Buhari, who upon assumption of office mandated Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), to do a comprehensive downward review of salaries and allowances of elected and appointed public officers.

They also stressed the needs for all public officers(elected and appointed) to publicly declare their assets and liabilities upon assumption of office, even as they enjoined the government to ensure that funds identified to have been stolen from the common treasury is traced, recovered to the last kobo and kept in a special account from where they would be appropriated for job creation, funding educational infrastructure from primary to tertiary institutions, and for upgrading health care infrastructure.

According to the organised labour, Anambra State executive and legislative arms of government should work towards establishment of ‘Anti-corruption courts’ to try corruption cases in the State as that would give a renewed impetus to the fight against corruption, as well as to review and strengthen anti-corruption legislations with a view to removing loopholes in antigraft war.

They also enjoined the state government to support them in advocating for extension of anti-graft agencies, and anti-graft judges at the state and local government level as provided for in the ICPC Act, which would exclusively handle corruption related cases only.

On his part, Prince Emeka Kalu, the Anambra State Chairman of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) said that corruption among workers would be reduced to a barest minimum when employers learn to remunerate their employees promptly.

In a response, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solomon Chukwulobelu, pledges to quickly interven on their needs, even as he noted that his administration had been championing their needs.



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