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TUC Calls for Immediate Prosecution of Oil Subsidy Thieves

By on December 12, 2012

TUC President, Peter Esele

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called on the Federal Government to expedite efforts in prosecuting indicted fuel subsidy fraud suspects without further delay.

The TUC condemned the delay in prosecuting the alleged subsidy thieves in the country and others who had stolen the nation’s wealth, adding that it was taking too long.

The Rivers State Chairman of the union, Mr. Chika Onuegbu while speaking in Port Harcourt on Tuesday said the Federal Government should take urgent actions that would serve as a deterrent to corrupt Nigerians.

He expressed disappointment in the government for not demonstrating enough commitment to the fight against corruption.

He on the other hand called on fellow Nigerians to participate in the fight against corruption by reporting cases of corrupt practices to the appropriate authorities.

He said, “The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Rivers State, joins other well meaning organisations in commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to sincerely prosecute all those who have been implicated in the various probes at the National Assembly, especially the fuel subsidy probe.

“The fact is that the Federal Government has not demonstrated that it is sincerely committed to prosecuting all those involved in the fuel subsidy scam. This obviously paints the Federal Government in bad light.”

Besides damaging democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, corruption has denied citizens the benefits of economic growth, he said.

The state TUC chair pointed out that corruption was leading the rule of law astray, creating overbearing quagmires and encouraging the giving and taking of bribes.

He said, “Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the start-up costs required because of corruption.”