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YULETIDE: TUC knocks FG’s 50% waiver on land transport fares, says it’s show of confusion



The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has expressed disappointment with the 50 percent transport fare waiver for Nigerians willing to travel for the Christmas holidays across the country, describing it as “a show of confusion” on the part of those in government.

The National Deputy President of TUC, Tommy Etim said this in an interview with The Punch on Wednesday.

Etim said: “The government is getting more confused. Slashing interstate transport prices can lead to a crash in economic growth. Why not simply announce a slash in the pump price of petrol which has been responsible for the crisis Nigeria is in today?

“Let’s even say you slash the transport fare and people travel, what do you think they will eat?

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“There is a poverty situation in the country and instead of looking for ways of tackling it, the government has just been dancing around and this is rather unfortunate.

“The government should know that Nigerians are too wise. It is highly laughable because out of all the problems facing Nigerians, how is this our major problem? So people should travel, come back again to the poverty?’’

Etim further said that “He (the president) needs to up his game and allow those who understand how the economy grows to come into play. The wage award that they promised and agreed to has not been paid. They only paid for one single month and stopped.’’

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