Lagos - The Trade Union Congress of
Nigeria (TUC) on Thursday urged the National Assembly to ensure that all
ministerial nominees declare their assets publicly before confirmation.
In a statement jointly signed by its President, Boboi
Kaigama and General Secretary, Musa Lawal, the TUC said that the declaration
would be in the public interest.
The labour union said that the public declaration of assests
was necessary following "worrisome'' allegations of fraud against some
ex-ministers and officials.
"There is need to verify the financial and material status
of each nominee before they are allowed to assume such high offices.''
It said that time had come to allow only people with proven
integrity to head government ministries.
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The TUC therefore urged the Senate to screen the nominees
based on their integrity and past records irrespective of their status.
The congress noted that many youths in the country have
gotten into crime due to unemployment caused by corrupt leaders in the past.
"It is sad how much shame politicians have brought upon
"There is rarely any month we do not hear news of Nigerian
youths being executed in other parts of the world due to involvement in one
crime or the other.
"We will not be in this backward situation if the economy
is doing well, if we had steady power and adequate infrastructure and if
successive governments were interested in creating jobs for the army of
unemployed youths,’’ it said.