EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde
By Linda Eroke
Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately commence the process of prosecuting operators indicted in the fuel subsidy report release by the House of Representatives.
The Congress further called on other agencies of government saddled with the responsibility of implementing the recommendations of the subsidy report to swing into action and sanction government officials that falsified figures during the debate warning that anything in the contrary will cause restiveness in the country.
The Congress, while commending the Farouk-led Committee on the release of the subsidy report, said the report was a clear affirmation of its earlier insistence on the existence and prevalence of deep seated corruption in the subsidy regime of the downstream sector of the nation’s petroleum industry.
It however urged the House of Representatives to summon the same courage and reopen the report of the Ndudi Elumelu Power sector Probe and “all other inquiries of this nature that are still lying buried somewhere by political corruption”.
TUC, in a statement issued by its President General, Comrade Peter Esele, warned government against sweeping the report under the carpet especially at a time when the present administration is seriously seeking ways to fight corruption in governance.
He warned that any attempt to compromise the demand of Nigerians would be challenged by workers in the most constructive and effective manner.
“While we commend the members of the Panel and its Chairman Hon. Farouk Lawan, for doing a good work on their mandate and refusing to be hoodwinked into silence or compromise, we also commend the entire House of Representatives for having the courage to have instituted this panel which has made this report possible.
“We are still worried that some of the people especially the Public officials that openly and willingly peddled false figures during the debates and subsequent probe are still sitting comfortably in their respective positions.
“We call on these officers to immediately, if they still have any honour left in them, hand in their letters of resignation as this is the only course that will propitiate for their perfidy against the Nigerian people.
“We shall consider their refusal to remove themselves from public offices an insult on the collective psyche of the Nigerian people and workers and a brazen affront on our intelligence. This we assure them will not go unchallenged by Nigerian workers in the most constructive and effective way.
“We therefore call upon the various agencies of government responsible for implementing the findings and recommendations of this report especially the EFCC (that is before those who are in a hurry to scrap it succeeds) to swing into action immediately.
“Nigerians and the workforce want to see arrests made in the coming weeks and people brought before our various courts of Law. This will go a long way in assuaging the populace, warning those that are thinking of treading the same ignoble path to have a rethink thus guaranteeing the nation a protection against continued pillage by a few fat cats,” the Congress stated.