Labour to Jonathan: You can’t be trusted

Labour unions have told President Jonathan that they could not trust him to implement the projects envisaged to be financed with fuel subsidy removal funds because he failed to honour previous commitments. They also said the N1 trillion the government claimed would be saved from subsidy removal could not fund even one-fifth of the projects listed, casting further doubt on the president’s plans regarding fuel subsidies.
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trades Union Congress met with the president at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday night, where he and other officials presented government’s framework of spending funds expected to be saved from subsidy cut. But the Labour leaders said the president and his team could not be trusted to implement these plans because “government has shown consistently that it cannot be trusted considering how agreements and promises have been reneged upon in recent years.” They also said Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is the spearhead of government’s subsidy removal campaign, was merely juggling figures to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.


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