17 January 2013

Nigeria: Failed Infrastructure, Threat to National Security, Not CAN, JNI Others - Labour Tells Sanusi

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Lamido Sanusi, Central Bank governor

A Vice PRESIDENT of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Issa Aremu, yesterday faulted the call by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for ban of ethno-religious groups as a way of curbing insecurity in the country.

Aremu, who is also the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, in a statement, yesterday, argued that contrary to position of Mallam Sanusi, failed infrastructure were the real threat to national security, not non-state institutions.

According to him: "As attractive as this call on the ban of all these centrifugal forces namely JNI, CAN and others is, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) inadvertently has further increased their importance and indeed helped to increase the noise level of these organisations. However, these non-state organisations are certainly not the problem."

He pointed to the problems of failure of state institutions to deliver on their promises.

"PHCN is yet to deliver on uninterrupted power; Ministry of Trade and Investment with all its efforts still presides over factory closures (industrial mortuary) and smuggling, and CBN whose monetary and fiscal policies with all the efforts of its governor, is not yet industry-friendly, he said.

"Nigerian Customs Service (with all its efforts) still turns the nation's borders to smuggling zones and Immigration service is not faring better.

"Non-performiance of state institutions is the real threat to security, not non-state institutions that ape the bad behavior of state institutions."

"In the task of nation-building, when the state's institutions are not on duty, non-state institutions (progressive or reactionary alike) will always fill the void.

"The issue therefore is for all state actors to deliver on promises and get reactionary non-state actors out of business. State officials should also stop patronizsing non-inclusive institutions.

President and governors alike should make policy pronouncements in their respective Houses of Assembly not in churches and mosques or their primordial village/clan organisations."

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