By Moses John
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the federal government to put in place, special courts that would speedily try corrupt cases.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while commending government for the disclosing of the recovered funds, also said such funds should be deployed for the rehabilitation of key infrastructures as roads, power and other sector that could stimulate the economy.
Wabba further said the quantum of these recoveries has vindicated our unqualified support for the fight against corruption and our insistence that more stringent punishment be prescribed for corruption cases.
“It has similarly exposed the extent of the rot in the system and why virtually everything in the polity failed to work. We recall that in our national rally against corruption, we made the point that we must look at the bigger picture by ensuring that recovered funds be deployed to critical infrastructures such as roads, power, key industries and other sectors capable of stimulating the economy.
“Accordingly, we find it necessary to once again urge the government to deploy these recovered funds to the aforementioned key infrastructure or sectors.
“We also call on the government, in spite of overwhelming challenges, not to relent in its recovery drive and its general fight against corruption, as information reveals that the recovered funds so far are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Wabba further said: “Nigeria as a country cannot continue to live like this, unless we want to be laughing stock in the world.”
He, therefore, said for the war against corruption to endure, Nigerians must be firm and resolute in support for good governance and fight against corruption.
“We must entrench the culture of accountability, ensuring that public officers are accountable even out of office. In addition to strengthening the anti-corruption agencies, we call for the establishment of special courts to try corruption case.
“The judiciary has a big role to play by ensuring timely and speedy disposal of corruption cases.”