Posted by News Express | 5 December 2018 | 1,639 times
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has condemned, in very strong terms, what it called “the robbery of the people by Nigerian politicians under the disguise of the contract system.”
The left-wing party, in a statement signed by its Abuja branch Chairman, Comrade Sadare Dimeji Macaulay, lamented that the corrupt practices by the top political class “show the monumental fraud perpetrated at every level of the government in the country for the benefit of the minority.”
Comrade Macaulay, who is also the party’s chairmanship candidate in the Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC) election in the coming council polls, alleged that the anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on November 29, 2018 reportedly quizzed some AMAC top management staff for allegedly receiving N9.33 million bribe from a contractor.
Comrade Macaulay blamed the avalanche of the reported grafts in the Council and the country generally on the contract system which politicians have capitalised on to perpetrate fraud.
“We realise that the contract system is a major means that politicians use in siphoning public fund and this contributed about 80 per cent corruption in our society.
“So if any government are saying that they have no money or they cannot afford to give free education, good roads, affordable housing units, quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care or they cannot afford N30,000 as the minimum wage, we should clearly know that they cannot afford those fundamental projects because they are most passionate about their individual pocket and with that, our supposed collective resources have been put into the custody of the politicians and few contractors in the name of ‘contract’,” Comrade Macaulay stated.
He vowed to review the contract system if elected into office, saying: “If am elected in the coming Area Council election, I shall stop contract system, hence, we shall invest massively in the ministry of works and young people will be employed directly and not through the current contract system that is embraced by the capitalist government. We will create job for young people and end joblessness.”
The SPN candidate also promised to make some fundamental and radical changes starting with himself, if his candidacy receives the nod of the electorates.
“If elected, I shall collect the salary of an average worker and we believe that if we can make reduction of jumbo salaries and allowances to the average wage and allowances of civil servant, this will save at least another billions of naira which can be used for massive investment in social infrastructure and putting industrialisation under a democratic control of the working people will drastically the cost of doing business and consequently attract more small and medium scale businesses,” Comrade Macaulay pledged.
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