Sack Lamido Sanusi Now, NLC Urges FG

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The Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC) has called on the federal government to sack the Governor of the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, saying he was never
qualified for the office in the first instance, and has shown more than enough
incompetence and contempt for the Nigerian people.

Through its President, Abdulwahed
Omar, the NLC was responding to a statement by Mr. Sanusi in which he
recommended that the government sack 50% of its workforce in order to revive
the economy.

“It has become obvious that there are
some individuals parading the corridors of power who are not qualified to be
anywhere around organizations saddled with the responsibility of developing
policies for national development,” NLC said. “Since assumption of office as
the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, all Sanusi’s major pronouncements
have been either directly anti people or ruinous to the Nigerian economy.”

It asserted that the burden of wealth
creation in Nigeria, like any other country, has been on workers, while some
politicians and economic parasites like Sanusi over consume what the workers
sweat to create, and that workers are the key driving force of all economies
and only a hollow economist like Sanusi will underplay this.
“The major problems of the Nigerian
economy are corruption and lack of good governance, and until we solve these
problems our economy will continue in comatose,” the statement continued,
pointing out the irony that while President Jonathan is promising to create
more jobs, Sanusi is calling for mass sack of civil servants in a country with
one of the highest number of unemployed.
Full text of the statement:
Sack Sanusi Now
We were not shocked hearing the
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi once again displaying
his contempt for the working people in Nigeria with his recommendation that the
Federal Government should sack 50% of its workforce for the economy to be
revived.
It has become obvious that there are
some individuals parading the corridors of power who are not qualified to be
anywhere around organizations saddled with the responsibility of developing
policies for national development. Since assumption of office as the Governor
of the Central Bank of Nigeria, all Sanusi’s major pronouncements have been
either directly anti people or ruinous to the Nigerian economy.
The burden of wealth creation in
Nigeria, like any other country, has been on workers, while some politicians
and economic parasites like Sanusi over consume what the workers sweat to
create. Workers are the key driving force of all economies and only a hollow
economist like Sanusi will underplay this.
The major problems of the Nigerian
economy are corruption and lack of good governance, and until we solve these
problems our economy will continue in comatose.
Today, there are countless probe
reports with names of those who swindled our country of several trillions of
both naira and other foreign currencies still living in Nigeria either walking
freely around the corridors of power or directly holding public or political
offices rather than being in jail.
We see in Sanusi an agent of death
that must be defeated and crushed before he further destroys the Nigerian
economy.
While President Jonathan is promising
to create more jobs, Lamido Sanusi is calling for mass sack of civil servants
in a country with one of the highest number of unemployed, which has indeed led
to gross deprivation and the current state of insecurity in Nigeria.
While we believe the Federal
Government will ignore the ranting of this hollow economist, Sanusi has never
demonstrated patriotism in all his advice on economic and financial management
in Nigeria.
Sanusi’s only understanding of
governance is simply about saving money and not saving lives as his proposals
are repeatedly devoid of human content and without consideration for the
implications on larger society. The burden that will come with mass sack as
high as 50% of civil servants in addition to the already saturated unemployment
market can better be imagined. Governance is about improving the quality of
lives of the people and not destruction of productive lives.
To show how unknowledgeable and unfit
he is as a public office holder, Sanusi also called for the scrapping of local
governments in Nigeria, a country that runs a federal system no matter how
inefficient the system is. Local government is an important tier of government
in a federal system and what we need is to strengthen the system to enable it
deliver good governance to the people as it is the closest to the grass-roots
and rather than removing the tier as proposed by Mallam Sanusi, the local
governments require more funding to enable them function properly as required
under a federal system.
The truth, which Sanusi as a
beneficiary is running away from, is that corruption has become a real burden
on the economy and it should be the only priority item on the table of any
serious government. Even if you sack all the workers in Nigeria, any amount
saved from that will be stolen and the culprits will walk in freedom.
And we need to ask Sanusi how much
work he has successfully done in the CBN to reposition it to contemporary
realities? He is surrounded with countless aides that are obviously not required
by a man who believes that the Nigerian economy runs too high on overhead cost.
It is obvious Sanusi was never
qualified for the office of CBN governor in the first instance, and he must be
asked to leave the office as he has shown more than enough incompetence and
contempt for the Nigerian people.
Abdulwahed Omar
President 

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