Economic collapse: Governors, others above 50 years should resign – NLC

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday criticised the Nigerian Governors Forum’s recommendations to the Federal Government (FG) on how to save the country from economic collapse.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, made the observation in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

Recall that it was alleged that the governors had proposed the elimination of PMS subsidy/under-recovery estimated at N6-7 trillion.

They had also proposed the early retirement of civil servants from age 50 (fifty) and above and the implementation of the reviewed Oronsaye Report, which suggests ending the financing of the government’s budgetary expenditures.

However, Wabba described the governors’ recommendations to the Federal Government as shameful, insensitive, selfish and hypocritical.

He said, “Your Excellency, while we do agree that the economy is in need of revitalisation, we are dismayed by some of the prescriptions of the governors as they smack of extreme selfishness and insensate cruelty.

“We find this repugnant, shameful and utterly irresponsible, aside from running contrary to your mission and principle of creating 100 million jobs.

“Aside from poverty intervention schemes, this policy is a clear invitation to anarchy and damnation.

“Pursuant to this, if State Governors strongly believe that age 50 is the problem, we demand that all governors, public office holders and politicians above 50, as a mark of good faith, should immediately step aside.

“Leading by example would spur public servants to take a cue.

“Beyond this, however, implementation of this policy in the public sector will give a cue to the private sector to follow suit, with all its attendant devastating consequences,” he said.

Wabba also said on the issue of removal of fuel subsidy that congress found it “unrealistic, insensitive and hypocritical.”