Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014


imageNigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday threw its weight behind the House of Representatives probe of allegations against Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The Minister allegedly spent N3.120 billion to charter aircraft and another N10 billion for maintenance and use of a Challenger 850 Aircraft, in the last two years.

According to the NLC, such probe should be extended to state Governors, other Ministers and even their aides.

In a statement by its President, Abdulwaheed Omar, Labour noted that the probe was timely.

“We support the move by the National Assembly to probe Mrs. Allison-Madueke and the probe should equally be extended to the Governors and other public office holders involved in this national shame.

“Indeed, what is further required is a holistic, transparent and result-driven probe of the entire financial recklessness of public resources on adventures that contribute nothing to the development of our country,” the statement added.

The leader noted that the lifestyles and greedy thirsts of public officers are completely deceptive and inconsistent with Nigeria’s collective reality as a country with a non-performing economy, high unemployment rate, mass poverty and near total infrastructural collapse.

“It is nauseating that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, whose ministry supervises the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which has become the most prominent in financial scandals involving public institutions in Nigeria, will choose to be flying in hired private jets while the petroleum industry is sliding in stinking rots.

“Refineries and other infrastructures under her supervision have totally collapsed; management of resources meant to uplift the industry has become subjects and sources of several scandals in recent times.

“While the alleged disappearance of over $20 billion from the accounts of the NNPC is still a subject of probes by both arms of the National Assembly, the public is still groaning under shortages or complete absence of petroleum products at pump stations,” Omar said.

He recalled that the same minister was recently quoted as advocating further excruciating hardships for Nigerians through complete removal of petroleum subsidy, including kerosene, which the poor and the working class depend on.

NLC, while calling for development infrastructure that are capable of lifting up the local industries, create real employment, deliver quality social services, wondered why public officers are “shamelessly enmeshed in financial recklessness”.

“It is equally condemnable that so much public funds are being expended on acquisition and hiring of private jets even to destinations conveniently plied by commercial airlines.

Continuing, “It is abhorring that state Governors who have always complained of inability to pay the minimum wage to public servants in their states under the pretense of paucity of funds could embark on such wastage at the expense of the sweat and sacrifice of workers and to the detriment of the development of their states.

“The Governors, in particular, have collectively made attempts to sponsor bills at the National Assembly to undermine workers interests, particularly on the minimum wage as each time issues of wages come up, they are the first violators, insisting often times that their states lack the resources to accommodate increase in wages while their tastes and thirsts for high profile life styles goes on unabated,” Omar said.


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