Scrapping of FRSC, EFCC, ICPC others: Dump Oronsaye report, NLC tells FG
From MOLLY KILETE, Abuja
Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has warned the Federal Government’s implementation of the report of the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies .

Labour said implementing the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye-led committee without making adequate provision for those that would be affected in the exercise, would have a disastrous effect and worsen the security situation in the country. He said jobless and hungry citizens might become vulnerable and enticed by enemies of the country to carry out their evil agenda.

The NLC, however, assured Nigerian workers that it would do everything in its powers to protect their interests, job security and family even as it appealed to government for dialogue over the matter. The NLC, in a statement in Abuja, said the recommendations, which include the reduction of 263 statutory commissions to 161 as well as the scrapping of 38 agencies, had thrown up serious labour and social challenges because of the massive loss of jobs, “which will have disastrous consequences in the country.”

“To avoid the social and labour issues and crisis that may occur as a result of the report, the white paper and government actions, congress appeals to the presidency to invite labour at this stage for discussion on the issue.” The NLC statement signed by its Acting President, Joe Ajaero, said it had drawn the attention of government when the committee was inaugurated about “the overwhelming number of workers, who work in these organisations and those, who may be affected by the outcome, would be congress members and that it was therefore necessary for the NLC to be represented in the committee.”

“Apparently, the Federal Government was not persuaded about this, now that the report is out and a government team to produce a white paper has been constituted, the NLC finds it imperative to raise the social and Labour issues that will result.”
The NLC said “It is necessary to first clarify that the NLC believes that the cost of governance needs to be reduced although we think this has to do mainly with government expenditure on political appointees and hangers on. We however believe that parastatals and agencies like the FRSC and EFCC which have proven records of success should not necessarily be scrapped or merged.

“Secondly, where compelling reasons and facts are given, Congress will not necessarily oppose the merger or scrapping of certain agencies; however we do not think that these need necessarily lead to job losses.”

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