PRESIDENT of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Waba has urged the federal government to extend its anti-corruption crusade to states and local government councils. Comrade Waba spoke in Katsina oat the weekend, during the third national delegate conference of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN. He said it became necessary for the federal government to look into financial books of states and local governments in view of mass looting of public treasury by past governors and their cronies. He said due to looting of states treasuries by the governors, most states in Nigeria lacked basic infrastructures while their people remained in abject poverty. “The war against corruption should not stop at federal ministries or past government officials but should be extended to states and local government councils. “NLC was worried on the mass looting of public treasury by past immediate governors. They most return all illegal monies stolen from public treasury,” he said. Comrade Waba also spoke on the current state of Nigerian judiciary and called for full autonomy of judicial sector as contained in the 1999 Constitution. He said the congress was worried for the interference on the judiciary system in Nigeria, which resulted on conflicting judgements by courts of the same status. Waba said some high placed government officials were interfering in the judgements delivered by the courts, insisting that the situation gave bad name to the judiciary. Earlier, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige called on state branches of JUSUN to establish cooperative societies for easy access to essential commodities at affordable prices for their members, so as to mitigate the impact of present inflationary trend being faced by the nation. Ngige, represented by a deputy director in the ministry, Surajo Lawalm also enjoined trade unions to support the present administration’s effort to revamp the nation’s ailing economy, by imbibing the good spirit of industrial peace and harmony for sustainable economic growth and development

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