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NLC urges FG to strengthen anti-graft agencies

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to overhaul and re-energize the nation’s major anti-graft institutions, if the battle against corruption must be won.
The Congress frowned at the resort to Committees to fight corruption in the country, stressing that they (Committees), would undermine the capacity of  major anti graft institutions, namely, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and ICPC, to deliver on their objectives, as well as weaken the capability of their operatives to engage future issues.
A statement signed by  the President of NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero and made available to newsmen, said:  “It is by the creative use of Institutions that this battle against Corruption can be won and not by Committees.
“Though we cannot pretend ignorance of the deep operational weaknesses prevalent in the two major anti-corruption institutions – EFCC and ICPC, we are of the opinion that they cannot be abandoned completely but can be remedied. What is needed is for these institutions to be overhauled and re-energized.
“For us in the Congress, resort to Committees have rather corrupted various processes of governance and ought to be avoided when clearly necessary as in this case.
“The same way we have disapproved of past Governments using consultants or outside attorneys to do jobs where in-house expertise exists is the same way we express our discomfort over the use of Committees. We should not allow these opportunities to be used to settle the boys or scores.”
The statement commended  the efforts of the Senate which recently,  set up an ad-hoc Committee to probe the Power sector in Nigeria since 1999.
“We welcome this initiative and believe that the Senate has risen to the occasion in response to our call last week for it to show leadership in this anti-corruption drive.
“Nigerians at least need an explanation of why the nation had to spend U$29.635 billion or N6.5trillion   in the past 16 years to buy darkness from the Power sector.
“The Power debacle in Nigeria today unfortunately justifies our earlier outcry at the character and nature of the PHCN unbundling and subsequent privatisation including the deep opaqueness of financial dealings within the sector.
“We warned of the unwholesome and corrupt dealings which have presently led to a situation where most of the people who now parade themselves as owners of the privatised Power enterprises have not fully paid up their

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