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NDDC Probe: Presidency hits Organised Labour over planned protest

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The Presidency has condemned the planned protest by the Organised Labour over the high level of corruption uncovered at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other government agencies.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on Monday announced plans to mobilise its members to stage a nationwide protest over the massive corruption going on in the NDCC, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

But in a statement on Monday by Garba Shehu. Media Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, the planned protest by the labour union is unnecessary and uncalled for.

He urged the TUC to allow both the Executive and National Assembly to conclude their investigations and submit their reports to the President before taking any drastic actions.

The statement reads, “The reported plan by the Trade Union Congress to embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaction over the high-level of corruption uncovered at the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is ill advised and totally uncalled for considering that there are ongoing investigations in the cases by both the executive and legislative arms of government. These processes must be allowed to run their full courses.

“It is against the norm in a democratic society as well as the natural laws of justice to seek “action,” meaning punishment, against offenders before proper investigation, trial and conviction.

“The President has made it clear that the allegations that have surfaced clearly constitute a breach of trust and as the investigations take hold and close out, all those found wanting will face the wrath of the law.

“The TUC, as an enlightened group of labour Unionists, should indeed voice their indignation whenever such acts are being unearthed.”

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