We have become a country that has no value for life- TUC President
The President of the Trade Union Congress TUC, Comrade Peter Esele has said Nigeria has become a country where people have no regard for the life for fellow citizens.
The TUC President called on the federal government to do a complete over haul of all security agencies in Nigeria.
Comrade Esele made this call at the 2013 May Day celebration at the Eagles Square in Abuja on Wednesday. He noted that “it doesn’t take rocket science” to do an over haul of the agencies.
He noted that with police units in all local government areas, the “TUC is recommending that no matter how small the crime committed, there must be a unit of the police in that force that will take pictures and finger prints of the suspects”. He explained that “that way we now have data to know whoever is involved in crime”.
He added that even if there is an attack on a police station, there are forms of digital ways to keep these pictures and records therefore data is not lost. “Days of manual filing should be in the past” he stated.
Esele emphasized the need for the Nigeria Police to upgrade its sytem; “How do the Nigeria Police respond to the challenges because even those who they are going after are more advanced”.
He further stated that in any nation, “there can be no security without justice, only justice can guarantee peace and security. Corruption has reached an alarming rate and permeates all levels”. Adding that “in the past we looked up to the judiciary now the judiciary is part of the problem”.
He said the Judiciary should ensure justice and not be “a temple of fixers” or restrain security agencies from carrying out their work.
He called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar to look into the Nigeria Industrial Court which he says isn’t different from the Federal High court because it has pending cases and for years people can’t get the justice that they want.
Citing the case of Justice Talba who was recently suspended for a year by the National Judicial Council, Esele said “Yes the NJC suspended a judge but that doesn’t solve the issues, if the judge is found to be corrupt why can’t he be tried in a court? He isn’t above the law”.
He called that something should be done because if Nigerians see they can’t be defended they will go ahead to defend themselves which will lead to anarchy.
Comrade Esele who will be ending his tenure as TUC President thanked the congress and comrades for voting him president of TUC. He described his six years in service as “an enlightening and fulfilling journey”.
“No matter how good you think you are, you have to step aside for someone else to perform” he said.
He also expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC for working as a team and remaining an indivisible family.
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