Stop vote buy­ing and un­der-age vot­ing

Nige­rian work­ers de­serve bet­ter pay

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Ibrahin Mustapha Pam­be­gua wrote from Kaduna. Tony Madu wrote from Port Har­court.

Nige­rian elec­tions process has been mod­i­fied or fine-tuned to re­flect the global prac­tice. In 2015,the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­torate Com­mis­sion(INEC) in­tro­duced the card reader ma­chines. The grad­ual adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy for the con­duct of elec­tion is aid­ing Nige­ria’s democ­racy. The cases of fraud or rig­ging which usu­ally char­ac­terised our elec­tions have greatly re­duced. It is there­fore wor­ri­some that we now have to con­tend with un­der­age vot­ing and vote buy­ing. These prob­lems are elec­tion of­fences pun­ish­able by law.

Af­ter the hues and cries that greeted the al­leged un­der­age vot­ing in Kano State, we still had re­ported cases in Ek­iti and Osun States. All po­lit­i­cal par­ties are cul­pa­ble. This must stop for our democ­racy to flour­ish. Stake­hold­ers must in­ter­vene and do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to check the sit­u­a­tion.

Work­ers in this coun­try de­serve to be paid a liv­ing wage, as what they are cur­rently re­ceiv­ing can­not take them any­where. I urge the Nige­rian Labour Congress (NLC) to con­tinue to put pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment to in­crease salaries. They keep say­ing there is no money, but if we can sus­tain our law­mak­ers then we can def­i­nitely pay work­ers bet­ter wages. Work­ers should not have to go on strike or threaten strike to get paid higher wages. The cost of liv­ing is very high and it is im­por­tant for gov­ern­ment to take ur­gent ac­tion.

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