We will fight subsidy removal till the end – Labour

By Ayoola Mudasiru June 4, 2015 11:16

We will fight subsidy removal till the end – Labour

The President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, on Wednesday reiterated that the union would resolutely reject any move by the General Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, arguing that it would not be in the interest of Nigerians.

Kaigama, who made the statement in Jalingo, revealed that the Government would simply do well to tackle the pervasive corruption that had characterized the subsidy regime over the years.

He said the rationalization for the TUC’s rejection of subsidy removal is that Nigerians deserve some subsidy on the oil that is produced in the country.

    “The most important thing to do at the moment is to identify the cabal that hijacked the process of subsidy payment and punish them for holding the nation to ransom over the years,” he said.

This is not the first time the TUC would be making this call.

In April, the TUC, alongside the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, had warned the Federal Government to desist from any move to remove subsidy from petroleum products.

According to them, the cause of the sector’s decline has been corruption, with subsequent administrations unsuccessful in addressing the issue.

See: No way in hell will you remove subsidy, NLC, TUC tell Buhari

Kaigama also commented on the Boko Haram issue, saying that the union supports the decision of President Buhari to relocate the command centre to Maiduguri until the insurgents were subdued.

“There is no need to pretend that the nation is not at war.

“We totally support Buhari’s decision to relocate the command centre to Maiduguri until the insurgents are subdued. The insurgents are at war with Nigeria and there is need to take the war to them wherever they are in the country,” he said.

The labour leader appealed to the President and State Governors to reduce the cost of governance by reducing the number of political appointees and making their salaries and allowances public for Nigerians to know and trust them at all times.

He urged that Federal and State Governments to revamp agricultural and industrial sectors in order to boost the economy.