NUBIFIE National President, Anthony Abakpa

ABEOKUTA – The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has called on the National Assembly to give the proposed 2019 budget a speedy passage.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to present the 2019 budget before the joint session of the National Assembly members on Wednesday.

Executive members of NUBIFIE at their NAC meeting in Abeokuta on Friday

NUBIFIE spoke through its National President, Com. Anthony Abakpa during the Union’s National Administrative Council retreat held in Abeokuta.

Speaking on challenges affecting the union, Com. Abakpa noted that casual and out sourcing of their work force are major problems confronting the union.

He said, “We are calling on the National Assembly to ensure speedy passage of the budget in the interest of Nigeria people so that the operational part of that budget can start latest in the first quarter of next year.

“Although moving this economy forward requires the contribution of everybody including the union and government and we are hoping that our economy gets better.

Other members of NUBIFIE at the NAC meeting in a group photograph with their national exco

“As a union and professional body, one of our major cry is against casualization in the country. We have had several sitting at the national assembly over the same issue and we pray that the government at the center abolish this as soon as possible.

Also speaking, the General-Secretary of the union, Com. Muhammed Ishaku-Sheikh also advised the federal government to give priority to the critical parts of the economy such as power and infrastructure.

His words,“The state of the economy can be judged through the mood of the citizen such as, if the mood of the citizen is not reflecting happiness, they don’t feel secured then, the need to begin to look at how best the economy can be made to work for the citizens. And making the economy to work, the government must inject a lot of capital into productive ventures like job creating industries.

“The high cost of running industries made some companies to pull out of the country recently. So the government must face the critical parts of the economy such as power, infrastructure and the rest and by doing that the economy will thrive. “

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