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Labour salutes military at Ramadan, flays security fund abuse

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has saluted the determination and courage of the Nigeria armed forces and all those who have relentlessly fought Boko Haram, insurgents and kidnappers even as they celebrate this year’s Eid -El- Fitr.

They also used the opportunity to call for an over sight on the spending of security votes.

Security votes have always been kept secret, unaudited and never over sighted.

Though in recent times, Nigerians have begun questioning security spending as allegations are rife that even budgeted security funds are being diverted.

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In the Eid message, signed by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president, NLC, the union saluted the armed forces and all others involved in the various fights, even as some of them had paid the supreme price for their country.

The statement read in part: “We use this season of the conclusion of Ramadan to remember and salute members of our armed forces – the military, the police, the para-military agencies and the intelligence community – for their sacrifice, courage and commitment in the fight against terrorism and other forms of violent crimes.

“Many of them have paid the supreme price in this fight. We pray for the repose of the souls of all the faithful departed and for God to grant comfort to the families our slain security operatives left behind.

“We also use this occasion to urge our security operatives not to relent. To whom much is committed, much is also expected.”

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The NLC challenged the federal government to take the crisis of insecurity in the country more seriously and called for serious oversight over security votes and appropriations in Nigeria.

Stating further, the NLC said: “A good fight against insecurity must be founded on accountability given the need to mobilise public confidence, goodwill and commitment in breaking the backbone of those bent on imposing a state of anarchy on Nigeria.

“We call on government to prioritise human and social security as the fulcrum of sustainable peace and progress.

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“We demand that state governors still hesitant to pay the National Minimum Wage and governors sacking and retrenching workers should stop constructing the ecosystem for insecurity and instability. Enough is enough! In the same vein, we reject and condemn recent statements on plans to slash workers’ salaries. That would be antithetical to the spirit of Eid-al-fitr. At this time, Nigerian workers deserve and demand an increase in salaries.”

The NLC, however commended the government for the prompt procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines on Nigerians and prayed God to stay the tide of the pandemic in the country.

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