THE Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has berated the legislators for taking the delivery of 28 units of the Peugeot 508 series being part of the 360 exotic cars ordered by members of the House of Representatives in the midst of the ongoing economic downturn in the country.
TUC posited that the delivery is a misplaced priority.
The Congress sees the ostentatious life of lawmakers and most politicians as the bane of the nation’s development.
According to a statement by TUC President and the Acting General Secretary, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Comrade (Barr) Simeso Amachree, “Our system only favours the politicians and the wealthy
more at the expense of the impoverished masses. These lawmakers are just too unreliable. They tell us to pray for the country while they revel in Abuja displaying their exotic cars. They collect constituency
allowance, but they do nothing for their constituencies and nobody questions them. This is not the way to go.
“Our hope by the day is being dampened by some individuals and institutions under the present administration. We had received the administration with high hopes but the reverse has become the case in the last one and half years.”
It stated further that daily, the masses of the country are wounded by the impunity, unfavourable policies and self-serving disposition of the leaders.
“Their frugality and prodigality at a time the economy is struggling with recession shows the peak of insensitivity of those said to be representing us and it must not be allowed to continue. Come to think
of it, the retirees are dying in droves without collecting their pension, whereas billions of naira are paid to them after four years. They buy whatever they want to buy; their children attend school abroad, they live in Government Reservation Areas (GRAs) and enjoy all privileges, while more than 50 per cent of the population have no gainful employment. Nobody cares about us,” it stated.
It called on the Federal Government to take up the issue as a challenge if it is really serious in its anti-corruption crusade.