In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, September, 2020

TUC Blasts FG Over $1.96bn Rail Challenge To Niger Republic

TUC Blasts FG Over $1.96bn Rail Project To Niger Republic




The Federal Authorities has been lambasted by the the Commerce Union Congress (TUC) over the choice to spend $1.96bn to assemble a rail line linking Nigeria to Niger Republic.


The TUC described the choice as “an insult and waste of our scarce sources.”


In an announcement titled “Rail development to Niger Republic: What for?” the TUC said by this newest transfer it has change into clear managers of the nation have ulterior and sinister motives.


The assertion was signed by the TUC President Comrade Quadri Olaleye and its Secretary-Normal, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, on Thursday


It reads: “The Congress isn’t averse to growth. Establishing rail traces to Kano, Katsina and Dutse is comprehensible; however why lengthen it to Niger Republic?

“Why ought to we borrow from the IMF, World Financial institution and China to construct a rail line to Niger Republic? Is there one thing this authorities isn’t telling us?

“How may the Federal Authorities give you such an concept in a rustic the place potable water has change into a luxurious; proper to electrical energy is considered a taboo for a mean citizen, roads have change into demise traps and our well being amenities lack malaria medicine? That sum – $1.96bn when exchanged on the charge of N380 per greenback is nearly N800bn. This may do loads within the economic system.

“The outbreak of the pandemic has uncovered Nigeria to the world: our federal authorities was begging for ventilators and nostril masks!

“Our schooling sector is in shambles. Agreements reached with the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) over a decade in the past are but to be met.

“We’re celebrating six many years of independence but Ghana, South Africa, and so on. are threatening and treating Nigerians of their nation with disdain. It hurts. It actually does!

“Based on a report from the Debt Administration Workplace, Nigeria’s complete debt rose to $79.5 billion (N28.63 trillion as of the primary quarter of 2020).

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“Debt servicing gulps trillions of naira yearly. Information had that Nigeria’s sovereignty is at stake if the nation fails to pay China! How may the Federal Govt Council (FEC) settle for such now? Or, has the Niger Republic annexed Nigeria?

“Authorities has not accomplished the street that connects Nigeria with different Western African international locations but the President Buhari-led administration approves development of a rail line to Niger!

“What’s Nigeria paying for? Or, may this be one other means of looting our commonwealth in preparation for the 2023 electioneering marketing campaign? The entire thing is changing into extra complicated.

“The Lagos- Ibadan expressway providers each car coming into Lagos, together with those from Kano, Katsina and Dutse; why has it not been accomplished?

“The Niger Delta that lays the golden egg doesn’t have good roads and potable water. They neither fish of their water nor go to the farm due to oil spillage.

“Sure, it’s true the NDDC was supposed to offer many of the fundamentals; sadly, the reverse is the case due to corruption.

“These appointed to handle the Fee ended up looting it dry. None is in jail as a result of within the very first place it was a political settlement.

“Since somebody fainted through the Nationwide Meeting probe of the Fee, we’ve got not heard something once more on the matter. It’s shameful it occurred at a time our ‘incorruptible’ President holds sway.

“All we’re saying is that Charity begins at residence! This isn’t the time for profligacy and licentious spending; the federal government should handle our lean purse prudently.

“We should set our priorities proper as a result of Nigeria is changing into a laughing inventory to the entire world. Tinkering with such concepts at a time the electrical energy tariff has been elevated and gas value hiked is certainly suicidal. Nigeria ought to cease taking part in huge brother on the expense of Nigerians. This authorities isn’t being truthful to Nigerians. Easy.”

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