AGAINST the backdrop of the worsening security situation in the country, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, has asked all 36 state governors to account for how they have been spending the huge amount set aside for security votes throughout the years. years.
The TUC also told the governors to stop hiding security issues.
This is what he has told the Federal Government to begin the immediate process of reducing the cost of governance, either by eliminating the Senate or the House of Representatives rather than lip service on the matter.
The National Treasurer of the TUC, who is also the President General of the Association of Senior Personnel of Statutory Corporations and Government-Owned Enterprises (SSASCGOC), Mohammad Yunusa, stated this yesterday in an interview with select journalists in Abuja.
Field question about what unions were doing to help the government fight insecurity,
Yunusa said, “Let’s take a look at the narratives from earlier. The government gives security votes to all state governors before now as the security director for their states, and before that money is generally not counted.
“If you ask them how they are using it, they will tell you that the security issues are secret, that you don’t need to see what we are doing with them. “If you are the security director of a state and they are giving you security votes, I don’t know how much they give you that, I don’t know what you are doing with it, how can you? Can I help you secure the state? .
“Now we are changing the narratives to say no, if security is the collective responsibility of all citizens, let the state governors share their plans with the citizens, so that we can enter into that plan and secure our state.”
He argued that the only way to reduce insecurity is by fighting poverty on land, and said that investments will continue to elude the country if the challenges of insecurity are not adequately addressed.
According to him, “We have been saying that the government should reduce the cost of governance. No one can say, not even the media, how much the Nigerian government spends on the bicameral legislature, for example. You have the Senate, you have the House of Representatives, and if you look at their functions, they are duplicated.
“So a government that is serious about cutting costs will now say, okay, let’s just have one legislature. Let’s have the unicameral legislature, then eliminate the House of Representatives, for example. Then whatever you’re pouring into that spot, you can save it and divert it to do other things.
”If you can’t earn more, you can at least save costs. That is one of the strategies that can reactivate our economy.
And then you have to find a way to reduce insecurity. No investor will invest in a place that is not insured, and as long as there are rates of insecurity in Nigeria, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will continue to elude this country. It is a government function to protect lives and property. If they can’t do it, that’s the big drawback. If you want to grow your economy, you have to provide security and protection. ‘
We believe that the issue of security is a collective duty of citizens, but we have also been saying that there is a direct link between saving economic well-being and security. Poverty incites crime, and if you want to deal with insecurity, part of it is fighting poverty.
“The man who hasn’t seen N2,000 in three months, if you give him N50,000 to go and kill people, he will.
“So we’ve been saying it and we want to reiterate that the government has to reduce poverty even as a way to fight crime.”