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NLC wants fairness in anti-corruption war


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Organised labour is cautioning the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under President Muhammadu Buhari to be just in its ongoing anti-corruption war as a way of winning the trust of Nigerians.

This was contained in a press release signed by the Secretary General of Textile and Garment Workers Union and one of the Deputy Presidents of the Congress, Comrade Issa Aremu which was made available to newsmen today. In the statement, congress called on the anti-graft agency to avoid pitfalls that would give its current drive to bring corrupt individuals to book the colouration of bias, while commending the body for upping its ant-corruption war in recent weeks.

“Nigerians acknowledge the renewed efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the chairmanship of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde in investigating and prosecuting proven cases of corruption. There certainly cannot be development with pervasive corruption.

“However, labour urges EFCC to be fair and just in its dealings with suspects and avoid the pitfall of avoidable perception of bias. EFCC’s investigating and prosecution processes must betransparent and fair,” the statement read.

The NLC also commended both chambers of the National Assembly over the recent resolution of their crisis which had hampered legislative proceedings for over two months now, and charged the lawmakers to get down to business in the interest of Nigerians.

“We commend both the Senate and House of Representatives for the new spirit of reconciliation which led to their successful resumption of legislative business on Tuesday July 28th, 2015. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara closed the chapter of acrimony with his commendable apology to Nigerians for the un-parliamentary conduct of the House in recent times.”

Labour is encouraged also with the remark of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki that ‘leadership is secondary. Primary responsibility is good governance.’ This renewed sense of compromise by legislators should be reflected in their work ahead,” the Congress said.

“The renewed reconciliation must now pave the way for real legislative business which the Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki has commendably started with the reading and screening of the names of service chiefs as submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

It further charged the lawmakers to work towards ending what it called the unacceptable level of poverty in the country and urged them to bring an end to mass unemployment.

“More than ever before, the 8th NationalAssembly has enormous tasks ahead given the unacceptable level of poverty in the land, factory closures and mass unemployment.”

” Nigerians therefore look forward to progressive legislations for national development, wealth generation, enhanced productivity, protection of domestic industry, ensuring dignity of labour,creation of jobs and decent wage among others. Real reconciliation among legislators must start with good laws for good governance.”

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