TUC wants FG to halt sale of re­finer­ies

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS / NEWS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

Pres­i­dent of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria(TUC),Com­rade Bob­boi Kaigama, has called on the Federal govern­ment to halt the pro­posed sale of the na­tion’s re­finer­ies un­til all con­di­tions have been met for their pri­vati­sa­tion.

He gave the ad­vice in a paper ti­tled: “The Press and Labour in the Era of Pri­vati­sa­tion,” he pre­sented at the ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­gramme of the Labour Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (LAWAN), which held in Ibadan, Oyo State cap­i­tal, weekend.

He im­plored the Federal govern­ment to get the na­tion’s re­finer­ies re­paired and func­tional at full ca­pac­ity as well as build new ones.

He said pri­vate in­vestors and other in­ter­ested par­ties should be en­cour­aged to build their own re­finer­ies.

He said: “Learn­ing from the Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN) ex­am­ple, we ad­vise that govern­ment should not ab­di­cate its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties by sell­ing off ev­ery­thing that de­liv­ers ser­vices to the people. That would be un­war­ranted, es­pe­cially in a coun­try where poverty and un­em­ploy­ment have be­come en­demic, cou­pled with the col­lapse of in­dus­tries.’’

He ad­vised the Na­tional As­sem­bly to pass the Petroleum In­dus­try Bill in or­der to make it op­er­a­tional for the good of the petroleum in­dus­try and Nige­ri­ans.

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