The Coalition of Civil Society movement noted that the rise in price of goods and services as well as the removal of all subsidies have made life more difficult for Nigerians. Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, the Convener of UAD, Comrade Gabriel Ojumah said the 2017 budget was that of austerity that only allocates greedy subsidies, corruptive allowances and bigger national cakes to its allies in governments.
According to Vanguard, Ojumah expressed disappointment towards the five percent allocation to education while bogus money was allocated to sold or privatized sectors like Power, Works and Housing. “The Ministry of Power has been sold to DISCOS and GENCOS that failed to even put a kobo as investment in the sector other than just to collect fixed charges and illegal 45 percent tariff increment.”
In the ministry of works, no road has been successfully completed for the past one year except that the Minister wants to build toll gates everywhere.” Ojumah warned the Federal and State government over disregarding the rule of law by using security agencies to arrest and detain people and the illegal appointment of caretaker by State Governors.
“Security agencies now arrest and detain people without observing the rule of law. Governors appoint illegal caretaker governments at the local levels just to siphon the allocations. We also declared that all the Governors must hands off the local governments now.”
Continuing, the group issued a two-month ultimatum to the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct all local government elections across the country. “UAD gives all state INEC two months to conduct all local government elections.”
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