From IKHILI EBALU, BENIN CITY
The National President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE,, Comrade..Ambali Akeem Olatunji has berated President Tinubu for running an over-bloated cabinet comprising ministers and a retinue of aides
Comrade. Ambali made the accusation in Benin, the Edo State capital, during the opening session of a two-day National Youth Conference organized by the Union
NULGE is the umbrella body of local government workers in the country.
This is the second edition of the annual conference, tagged” Edo 2023″, organized by the Union and was declared open by the Chairman of the Edo State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Tom Uloko.
Accusing President Tinubu of being insensitive to the plight of the people, Comrade .Ambali wondered why a President who claimed to understand the sufferings of the people would embark on anti-people policies without regard to the cost of governance, insisting that 45 ministers and a horde of aides are a huge burden on a fragile economy like ours.
He submitted that it is a “condemnable act” for Mr. President to hurriedly remove the fuel subsidy without a mitigation plan, stating further that the dodgy and ill-defined economic policy of the administration is hurting the poor and vulnerable most and advised the President to retrace his steps before he plunges the whole country into darkness
“We should be talking of cutting down on the cost of governance at a time like this rather than doing things that exacerbate the already bad situation. About 26 ministers and a few aides would have sufficed considering what the country is currently undergoing”
Earlier, Comrade Lazarus Adorolo.the state chairman of the Edo NULGE spoke on the idea of the conference is to prepare the workers ahead of retirement, adding the skills learned during the Conference would be of immense help to them post-retirement.
The highlight of the two day conference is the formal commissioning of the Edo state NULGE House .