President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo has stated that the reason Nigerians have not received palliatives from the Bola Tinubu administration is because the government is slow.
Osifo, who is one of the labour leaders that has been negotiating with the federal government to provide succor to citizens since the removal of fuel subsidy, noted that the subcommittees of the Presidential Steering Committee appointed by Tinubu have failed to meet its timeline.
Three subcommittees, the Mass Transit, the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), and the Cash Transfer subcommittees, were expected to be present to inform the Steering Committee of the steps taken to mitigate the impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies on the workforce.
“So far, we have stayed more than one month and we feel that we are not going at the speed we anticipated”, Osifo said after a botched meeting with a delegation of the federal government in the Aso Rock on July 27.
“We want government to fast-track the action to ensure that between now and the next two weeks; all the committees must have submitted their reports so that the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) can conclude its work immediately because we cannot continue to blow grammar while Nigerians are suffering and trekking long distances to work”.
TUC President noted, “As of today (July 27), we have formed technical committees on cash transfers, intervention funds, reduction of cost of governance, fixing energy and power, developing CNG as an alternative to PMS, and fixing of refineries.
“We also have technical committees on education and health as well as mass transit.
Osifo added that “Government gave a timeline of eight weeks, beginning from June 19. Going by that calculation, eight weeks is going to end by August 19.
“We are ready to work because the plight of Nigerian workers is a great concern to us. “Anything that would affect Nigerian workers is what we fight to correct.
Osifo said, “Beyond the workers, it is also about the well-being of the masses because we have a lot of Nigerians that are today unemployed.
“What we are canvassing across these technical committees is to ensure that whatever is put in place should be aimed at alternative and cheaper energy like the CNG.
“There should also be a consideration for palliatives that would better the lives of the people and the issue of reduction of cost governance,” Osifo said in reference to Tinubu’s action this far.