TUC urges Nigerians to eschew personal gains for national development
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has called on Nigerians to have a rethink and always do the right thing to achieve a better society.
The Union said the change the nation craved for can only come, if the citizens, especially the public officers remained focused, and eschew personal essentiality.
The Union in its Christmas and New Year message, which was signed by its President, Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, prayed that the season serves as an end to an incongruous reality, and usher in a new dawn of respect for the rule of law, human rights and happiness for all.
Saying the current administration has a great role to play in realising national ideals; it noted that religious garb is not enough if the nation ignores personal essentiality.
Adding that Nigeria is a country in dire straits, which requires all hands on deck to get it fixed, the union argued that virtually all policies of government are wrongly placed and benefits nobody at the end.
“How do we explain that in a country adjudged to be the poverty capital in the world; a country that lacks basic health facilities, infrastructure, and has never spent up to 10 per cent of her annual budget on education be talking about spending a whopping N37billion just for National Assembly renovation? It is ridiculous and unheard of.
“This rob-my-back-I-rob-yours kind of government mischievously orchestrated by a few negates the tenets of Christianity and humanity.
“We are tempted to think that our leaders do not really ponder on God’s love for all at all. An environment devoid of crises attracts development and peace. Ours has been a tale of woes. Joblessness has led a substantial number of the youth into crimes, ranging from kidnapping, robbery, ritual killing, cybercrimes, etc. The peak is the terrorism and suicide we are being faced with presently. This is not who we are; we need to find our real identity.
“We condemn criminality no matter the shade it comes; but it is not enough to do so. What plans does government have in place to give the youths a sense of belonging? We must begin to set our priorities right.