The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has said the outburst of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai claiming that bandits were running a parallel government in his state, was a direct manifestation of the failure of security networks nationwide.
President of the TUC, Festus Osifo who made the criticism, said such complaints coming from a state governor should be a wake-up call for President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire security team to act swiftly and remedy the situation.
Osifo also criticised the planned privatisation of public healthcare facilities in the country, warning that nothing meaningful came out of previous ones, especially in the power sector.
The TUC President made these observations on Friday while presiding over the National Administrative Council (NAC) Central Working Committee (CWC) and National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Union in Abuja.
He also reacted to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) stressing that government needs to develop the willpower to resolve the crisis, rather than saying it cannot afford to go borrowing to meet the demands of the lecturers.
He said, in less than 24 hours all the contentious issues relating to the ASUU strike and other unions within the university system can be resolved.
By way of suggestion, Osifo said a mere decision by the government to block the nation’s border posts or man them effectively to prevent the illegal export of petroleum products to neighbouring countries could save the nation surplus funds to meet the yearnings of university workers.
His words, “Only recently, the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai complained that bandits are running a parallel government within his state by collecting tax returns from local communities, especially farmers, such a scenario shows that we have lost it as a nation, NEC in Council hereby calls on the Nigerian government, the President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from lamentations and act swiftly.
“We also use this opportunity to call on the Nigerian military and the entire security chiefs to act swiftly otherwise tomorrow might be too late”.
Meanwhile, TUC has resolved to relocate its corporate headquarters from Lagos to Abuja. The relocation was part of deliberations at the just concluded NEC meeting.
The new leadership of the TUC also resolved to mend fences with aggrieved members of the union which initiated a case at the National Industrial Court (NIC) to stop the recent delegate’s conference that produced Osifo as President.
Beyond this, TUC also appointed Nuhu Toro as substantive Secretary General, to replace Ozi Musa Lawal who died when bandits attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train a few months ago.