The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday in Abuja, said that selling the country`s national assets, is not an alternative options to addressing its present economy challenges.
The President of the Union, Mr Ayuba Wabba, stated this while inaugurating the NLC-ASUU think Tank Group.
The group, he said, was expected to dialogue with the Federal Government on ways of addressing the country`s current economy challenges.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLC-ASUU think tank group, is a ten man committee that would represent the interest of Nigerians and come up with developmental agenda.
The members of the committee include; Prof. Omotoye Olorode, Dr Dipo Fashina,Dr Muhammed Aliyu, Dr Muttaka Usman, Dr Isacc Nwaogwugwu, Dr Yemi Bangbose and Comrade Isa Aremu.
Mr Sonny Atumah, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson and Comrade Hauwa Mustapha are also members of the committee.
Wabba said that the committee was specifically inaugurated to intellectually engage the Federal Government on issues of national importance.
“We have three ways of engaging government, the intellectual way, the NLC way which is protest, and we have lawyers that are ready to engage government.
“We are ready to follow through with all the three ways’’.
He, however, called on Nigerians to protect the nation’s assets by saying no to the sales of the country`s national assets as was being proposed by some individuals.
According to him, the country`s national assets is all it has for the future generation, adding that government should instead, ensure the implementation of tax justice in the country.
This, he said, would prompt the generation of funds for the development of the economy, adding that tax evasion and tax waivers should be discouraged.
“It is only the poor and the working class that pay tax in this country, but if the high and mighty pay tax then we will have more than enough to go round’’.
The NLC chairman urged the Federal Government to look into the country`s fiscal and monetary policy and to also take stocks of the country`s assets.
He maintained that foreign exchange rate had not only added to the problem facing the country, but had also made few Nigerians wealthy.
He therefore, advised government to use available resources to drive economic development by embarking on projects such as building of roads and other infrastructures rather than investing in foreign trips.
Wabba added that there was also a need for government to block all forms of financial leakages especially in the downstream sector.
In his remark Olarode who spoke on behalf of the committee members, thanked the NLC leadership for inaugurating the committee.
He said committee was a way to enthrone the desired change, adding that it was poised to realise its objective.