‘Manufacturing, health, education sectors in sorry state despite huge loans’
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has lamented that despite huge loans collected by the Federal Government, no significant move had been made to remedy the health, education and manufacturing sectors of the economy.
The union alleged that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the appalling state of the country’s economy.A communiqué signed by President and Secretary General of TUC, Quadri Olaleye and Musa Lawal Ozigi respectively, at the union’s just-concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, pointed out on the attitude of public office holders seeking healthcare abroad as part of problem.
They urged that the country’s health sector is fixed rather than them seeking medical tourism abroad. The TUC NEC -in -Session in its resolutions, called on the Federal Government to resolve all outstanding issues with the health sector workers to avoid another industrial action.
Similarly, the workers urged the Federal Government to drastically reduce the cost of governance and eradicate contracts inflation, given the level of poverty in the country.
They urged government to award contracts to only labour-friendly indigenous companies. Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Emmanuel Udom, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who declared the meeting opened urged the TUC leadership to remain united and focused in the pursuit of its goals and aspirations.
He charged them on better welfare for members and Nigerians at large with robust government policies, among others.On insecurity, the workers, who appreciated the effort of the security agencies in fighting crimes and criminality urged the President Buhari and security agencies to change their operational strategies with an urgent need to ending the menace.
According to the workers, “Many innocent Nigerians have lost their lives and unfortunately there appears to be no end in sight. Government and security agencies must remember that they swore to protect the lives, property and the territorial integrity of the country.”