#Nigeria@61: TUC tells politicians to allow electronic transmission of 2023 elections

•As NUP praises Buhari for prompt payment of pensions

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) in its independence message called on politician to allow Nigerians to choose their leaders in the 2030 general elections by making sure that election results are transmitted electronically.

TUC said that the gang-up against electronic transmission of election result connotes that Nigerians will again be deprived of their choices in the next election.

“The major trouble with Nigeria is that it has not been fortunate to have patriotic and dedicated leaders. Nigerians have not been given the opportunity to truly choose their own leader as seen in the gang up against electronic transmission of the election result.” The Union in its special Independent celebration press statement said.

Jointly signed by its President and General Secretary, Com. Quadri A. Olaleye and Com. (Barr.) Musa-Lawal Ozigi, the Union went further to say that; “The gap between the haves and the have-nots are daily and deliberately being widened so they can have the people at their whims and caprices.

“Today, there is hunger in our land. The prices of food stuff have hit the roof. Farmers cannot go to farm because of the activities of kidnappers, bandits and Boko Haram. In most parts of the North farmers even pay levies to bandits to enable them to cultivate and harvest their crops. These extra costs are passed on to the consumers.”

“Who are these bandits, Boko Haram, IPOB members? These are young people that have been neglected by the system. Some are even the deliberate creations of politicians because they use them as political thugs, ballot snatchers, etc. They arm them to rig elections but never retrieved the arms after elections, which is why there is the proliferation of arms in the country. Oftentimes, the security operatives confess that these bandits have more sophisticated fire power than they do.

“At 61, we still do not have functional refineries. There are also issues of oil spillage, gas flaring, dearth of infrastructure. The oil-producing states groan daily over the government’s indifference to their plight. Global politics and economics are not helping our national development. The evolving global terms of trade appears to be a gang up against Africa, making it look like a safely distant battleground instead of a destination for investment.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), has expressed its warm regards to its members as Nigeria marks its 61st birthday. NUP also expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his inclined affection for pensioners in their country, saying that only love for the senior citizens could make him promptly pay their pensions and many arrears owed to them by previous governments.

According to its President, Chief Godwin Abumisi, pensioners have never had it so good in the recent past, therefore prayed President Buhari to sustain the tempo. He also urged state governments to prioritize the payment of pensions.

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