Okupe earns another wrath from TUC

Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant on Public Affairs to Goodluck Jonathan

Eromosele Ebhomele

Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant on Public Affairs to Goodluck Jonathan

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, on Wednesday said it was disappointed in Dr. Doyin Okupe, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan over his call for the sack of workers in some states in Nigeria.

Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to Jonathan, has been receiving some bashing for asking governors to reduce their workforce instead of begging for bailout from the Federal Government.

President of the TUC, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Acting Secretary-General of the labour union, Comrade (Barr.) Simeso Amachree, said: “rather than making such obnoxious pronouncement; and being one of the forces that accentuated the suffocation of the immediate past administration from within, Dr. Okupe should have called on all the anti-corruption agencies to do a thorough investigation on where and how the released bailouts to some states were diverted.

“One thing Okupe evidently did not realise is that it is no longer business as usual. Or is the man indirectly soliciting for a job or some other form of patronage from the present administration?

“Indeed it is unfortunate that any of the masterminds of the nation’s present economic predicament should aspire to be amongst those in positions of authority in the country.

“It is our thinking that states would be able to meet their financial obligations if their governors look inward and bring back state monies starched in both foreign and local personal banks accounts. We expect serious sanctions to be visited on these governors,” the TUC said.

The congress said Okupe had argued that between 2008 and 2009, Ogun State received N2 billion monthly from the federation account and paid out N1.8 billion as staff salaries, wages and overhead costs to civil servants who constitute not more than 50,000 in a state with a population of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper