Organised labour in Nigeria has demanded for a probe into the alleged fraud regarding the remittance of government agencies into the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
The two major labour bodies in Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, unanimously made their position known in Abuja at a one- day public lecture with the theme: “Cost of Good Governance with Special Focus on the National Assembly.”
The unions were unhappy that a private consulting firm (Remitta) contracted to oversee the transfer of funds from commercial banks to the TSA accounts insisted on one per cent of the money recovered which amounted to about N25 billion and counting.
NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the huge amount accrued as percentage to the firm was fraudulent and is unacceptable to labour.
“The Treasury Single Account which all of us are trying to support, the collection of money accrued to the Federal Government in to that account was contracted out. I am not sure whether that the fact is correct but if it is, I do not think we are practicing what we are preaching because we are told that the private consulting firm which serves as the agent to collect money to the Treasury Single Account have benefited to the tune of N25 billion.
“I urge the Federal Government to look into this, and if it is true, then I am not sure that we are trying to bring about change, because the change we want is food on our table, not money in the pocket of a few. Therefore, there is no justification for government to actually use an agent for the purposes of collecting our revenue.
“Any federal government agency that has failed to comply with the policy of remitting funds and taxes accrued to the federal government into the TSA should be prosecuted. We do not need an agent to do that for us,” he maintained.
Wabba called for good governance, and called on workers to play an effective role in the monitoring of political office holders in order for them to be accountable to the people.
On his part, the TUC president, Bobboi Kaigama, called on the federal government to continue to take the issue of corruption in the country seriously.
“We maintain that Mr President to appoint people that will support his change mantra otherwise, it will be an issue of ‘cat and mouse game’. Nigerians are in need of jobs, food and social protection and we want Mr President to take these as a major priority,” he said.
Also, guest lecturer at the event, Mr. Eze Oyekwere called for the amendment of certain political, public and judicial office holders’ salaries and allowances, stressing that the basic salary of members of the legislature was reasonable and should not be reduced but the allowances and perks of office should be reduced by a minimum of 40 per cent.
Oyekwere suggested that the review of salaries and emoluments of NASS and other public officeholders should be done at more frequent intervals.

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