SSACTAC seeks protection of workers’ interest in railway concession process
The Senior Staff Association of Communications Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC) has urged the Federal Government to protect the interest of workers in the concession deal of the Nigeria Railways Corporation.
The President General of SSACTAC, Mohammed Yunusa, who made the call in a chat with The Guardian in Abuja, said government must exemplify the British railway example that is managed by the government.
He argued: “If we look at the British Rail Ways, for example, there was a time they privatized it, eventually the same government of Britain went back and collect it from private investors and manage by itself.”Yunusa stressed that railway services must be seen as a social service and not strictly in terms of ability to generate revenues.
His words: “We are comparing their experiences with ours to see what can be done for effective operation of the industry in the country. Government should continue to render their assistance to it because Rail ways activity is a social service and is a public-driven.”
Ynusa highlighted that the experience Nigeria has had in the privatization of public utilities have not been a positive one saying job losses have always trailed the process.
“The experience we had from the privatization of NEPA which always lead to loss of jobs and we hope the government would study how they did and apply same to our Rail ways in the country. This is the issue that would normally affect us,” he explained.