Don’t ask government for money only all the time - Makarfi to workers

Don’t ask government for money only all the time - Makarfi to workers

- Ahmed Makarfi called on Nigerian workers to hold the government accountable

- The former Kaduna governor said workers should focus on infrastructure and security

- Makarfi said monetisation of things in the country will not do anybody any good

Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna state, has called on workers to hold the government accountable by demanding for good governance.

Guardian reports that the former governor of Kaduna state spoke on Sunday, October 13, at the 36th plenary and annual general meeting of the Unity Schools Old Students Association at the Federal Government College in Kaduna.

Makarfi said workers should not only focus on asking for money alone but ask for infrastructure.

He urged Nigerian workers to place a priority on good governance and accountability, saying: “I had challenged, even before I became a governor, the Labour leaders. I knew that you people begin to talk of money, money, and money you will end up with money and that would not be useful.

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“Rather, you should hold government accountable. Demand good governance, better infrastructure, security and other things expected from government and a living wage, which will be minimal.

“But if you are always asking for money, somebody gives you N10 and takes away N30 for example, how do you benefit from that?

“We should operate in a manner that government should provide free education, water, security, roads, everything, instead of government to provide for those. That is a major mistake. We must stop monetisation of everything in this country, then we will begin a path to greatness.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) directed its state councils to prepare for strike on October 16 if negotiation breaks down again with federal government.

In a circular sent to state councils, signed by its general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC said this was a notice in case the proposed negotiations slated for October 15 with the federal government broke down.

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