2 January 2013

Nigeria: NLC - SURE-P Is a Conduit Pipe

Ado-Ekiti — Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Promise Adewusi has described the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) as a conduit pipe being used by President Goodluck Jonathan's administration to fritter away Nigeria's resources.

Speaking with journalists at home in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti state recently, Adewusi , said the fund created upon partial removal of the subsidy had not trickled down to the poor masses.

He alleged that the fund accruing to the federal government through the agency is not being judiciously used.

Adewusi lambasted the federal government for shoddy implementation of the fund accruing into the SURE-P saying "even at take off, the programme had failed to be effective. Nigerians are being short changed because the fund had been politicized."

The labour leader also opined that the country would stressed the need for amendment to Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution to empower Nigerians to take Federal Government to Court if it fail to run the economy the proper way.

"Except chapter 2 of the constitution, which is the directive principles of state and fundamental objectives is made justiceable, the country will continue to suffer misrule.

"Under the chapter, the FG cannot be taken to Court for not meeting the yearnings of Nigerians in terms of rights to good health, education and others, unlike in South Africa, where their citizens can sue the government for not meeting their rights," he said.

Adewusi said government will continue to pay lip service to people's welfare unless the citizens enjoy the constitutional rights to compel it to be alive to its responsibilities.

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