Category: Government

‎$5.5bn Loan: LP warns Buhari

The Labour Party, LP has kicked against the borrowing plans of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, warning that the economy was already moving towards stagnation especially with fresh plans by the administration to borrow about $5.5 billion to finance the 2017 budget deficit.

“The situation of the economy is moving towards stagnation with the enormous borrowing by the federal government, non-implementation of the 2017 budget, increase in hunger and poverty even after the claim of the federal government that we are no longer in recession. We ask the federal government to boost the agricultural sector and make loans available to genuine farmers at reduced interest rates as well as empowering the youths and women”, the party stated.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Barr. Ebere Ifendu in a statement Sunday in Abuja equally chided state governments for their refusal to pay workers’ salary even after receiving financial aid from the federal government.

She said; “Labour Party frowns at the non-payment of salary of civil servants in most states of the federation. We are calling on all affected states government to immediately pay all arrears to their workers. It is embarrassing to note that after receiving bailout funds from the federal government, the states refused to pay salaries”.

The party also urged the federal government to intensify to make its anti-corruption war more transparent and holistic, noting that the recent reinstatement of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina is a national disgrace and a ridicule of the anti-corruption campaign of the federal government.

While she restated that there was no leadership tussle in the party, Ifendu said “the leadership of the party under our digital National Chairman Dr Mike Omotosho will take a census of her membership, mobilize and register new members”.

The Party will also revalidate and establish offices in all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and in all the 774 local government areas in 90 days.

“The party will conduct State Congresses in the states where their tenures of three years have elapsed in accordance with the 2009 constitution of our party. We will reposition the party to enable us to occupy the political landscape of the country come 2019”, she added.

Federal Government knows Maina’s location

The Labour Party, LP, has said that the Federal Government should tell Nigerians the whereabouts of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The party said since Maina was recalled and reinstated by the Government, they must know where he was at the moment.

LP called on the government to arrest and prosecute him on allegations of corruption levelled against him without further delay.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, National Chairman of the Party, Dr Mike Omotoso, said “You will recall that Maina was sacked by the last administration and placed on Wanted List.

We are calling on the federal government to arrest and prosecute Maina if they know where he is.

Since they were the ones that brought him back and reinstated him, they should also bring him out now, arrest and prosecute him.”

At a news conference in Abuja, National Chairman of the Party, Dr Mike Omotoso assisted by the party spokeswoman, Barr. Ebere Ifendu and other officials, also declared that there was no crisis of leadership in the party.

They accused the former national chairman, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam of continued impersonation, saying he had since been suspended following serious allegations levelled against him by the party’s governorship candidate in Anambra.

“We want to correct some misconceptions about our party. There is no leadership tussle in our party. Our National Chairman is Dr Mike Omotoso”, said Ifendu.

She said the party had filed a formal complaint with the police who are currently investigating the disappearance of party property including a vehicle.

The party also berated some state governments for their inability or refusal to pay workers’ salary, describing the trend as anti-people and a modern form of slavery.

It, however, urged the federal government to launch an investigation into how the states governments utilized the budget support fund as well as the Paris Club Refund given to them by the federal government, aside from their federal allocation and internally generated revenue.