Terrorism: NUPENG backs Jonathan’s $1bn loan request

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LAGOS – The Nigeria Union of and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday said it was support of the Federal Government’s proposed $1 billion loan to fight terrorism the country.

The union’s Secretary, Mr Isaac Aberare told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Lagos NUPENG would fully support any move could help to stamp out the ongoing .

He added no amount was too much to spend to restore law and order and urged the National Assembly not to hesitate to approve the loan.

“It is a serious concern to every right thinking Nigerian. What is happening the up North is not acceptable to us.

“And we will not like it to escalate to the hinterlands, to the South-South, or South-West.

“We want to support the Federal Government to take whatever initiatives, whatever strategy it deems fit, to nip whatever is happening now in the bud; we are totally in support of it.

“So, the $1 billion he’s (President) requesting to procure arms to fight the , we are in support of it, if will make us to fight and the war and bring our back home.

“We are in support of whatever amount that can be spent to make sure we have peace in the country.’’ The NUPENG noted that was a by-product of and hardship, and urged the government to create for the idle youth.

“The issue of insurgency has element of , the idle mind is a devil’s workshop.[eap_ad_1]

“They (government) should create labour-intensive organisations/ that can employ as many people as possible and remove this large chunk of people from being idle.

“If everybody is working and being paid, he is putting food on his table; he won’t go and carry gun and he is a member of Haram.

“Let them (government) support this group of people, create more , and let more people have something doing to put food on their table.

“If that is done many minds will not be thinking of going into crime.“

Aberare also urged both public and organisations to desist from breaching agreements reached with workers to prevent between them and the labour unions.

He advised the regulatory agencies of government to be alive to their responsibilities and to ensure that grievances did not escalate into before they were resolved.

There had been a lot of criticism over the President’s $1billion loan proposal to buy military hardware to strengthen the fight against Haram. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]