The Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria has called on the finance minister and coordinating minister for the economy, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and director-general of the Budget Office, Dr Bright Okogu, to explain to Nigerians how the foreign reserves of the country got depleted to what it termed its present laughable state.
The trade union also advised the federal government to immediately caution Okonjo-Iweala and Okogu over their claims that the civil service consumes 37 per cent of the recurrent expenditure in the country’s annual federal budget.
The TUC in a statement signed by its national president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and general-secretary, Comrade Musa Lawal, accused the finance minister of feeding the public with false information on the issue of wages of civil servants.
The statement reads in part: “We refer to reported claims by the duo that the civil service consumes 37 per cent of the recurrent expenditure in the country’s annual federal budget. Surely this is overly speculative on the part of both federal officers.
“So also is their assertion that the total number of federal civil servants is about 1,000,000. Perhaps the ministry of finance and the Budget Office should publish the salaries and other emoluments of all civil servants, with details of what each ministry, department and agency (MDAs) spends as remuneration each month.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to let it be known that the total number of federal civil servants is less than 100,000, while the rest of the figure touted by Okonjo-Iweala and Okogu are public servants in the federal higher institutions of learning, the military, the police, the fire service, Customs, Immigration, the Central Bank, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies of the government.
“As a country struggling to come out of the financial woods, we certainly could do without the goof by the minister and the director-general”, the TUC said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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