The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said that the donation of salaries by ministers to the fight the Coronavirus pandemic in the country would count for naught except the health facilities in the country are upgraded to international standards.
The TUC, in a statement signed by its President, Quadri Olaleye and Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Origi, therefore, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to cut down on the cost of governance and build infrastructure.
“The TUC wish to make a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to cut down on the cost of governance and build infrastructure.
“We need hospitals of international standards and other amenities necessary for our corporate development. We cannot keep wasting money on medical tourism.
“We were worried when one of the aides to the President said addressing Nigerians was not the President’s style.
“That statement is preposterous and most unreasonable to hear at a time the world is facing a pandemic.”
The labour union called on Nigerians to abide by the directives of the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, adding that the present situation as a fight between life and death.
“In the light of the prevailing circumstances occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus and the thousands of lives so far claimed all over the world, we wish to appeal to Nigerians and foreigners in the country to abide by the Federal Government’s lockdown order.
“We all must show some understanding now by complying with all the safety precautions reeled out by the NCDC, Ministry of Health and other professionals.
“We must all realise that the lockdown order was issued because there was a need for it. We have a life-and-death situation at hand; therefore every necessary step must be taken to ensure the virus does not spread further.”
According to TUC, while many Nigerians might escape the deadly Coronavirus, they might not escape hunger as a result of government policy forbidding them from going about with their normal business.
“We commend some philanthropic Nigerians and organisations that have shown love to their fellow humans during this trying time.
“We urge some that have not extended such hand of fellowship to vulnerable Nigerians in their community to do so now.
“Many Nigerians live on what they make daily. Such people may escape the deadly virus but may not escape the pangs of hunger. Hunger also kills.
“It is a very difficult time but we can overcome if we are willing to make sacrifices.”