The Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN) has advocated death penalty for convicted corrupt public officials in the country.
National President of the union, Mr Mohammed Sani-Uwais, made the call at the 17th Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) hosted by the Ebonyi State College of Education in Abakaliki.
He said the advocated death sentence for convicted corrupt public officials was required to free the system from what he called morbid corruption s well as engender transparency and accountability in public service.
Sani-Uwais noted that corruption had hindered progress and development of the nation’s public sector which he argued that death penalty would be the best measure to stem.
He said the nation was blessed with abundance of human and material resources but regretted the slow pace of infrastructural and human development and therefore called on the people to rise up and hold their leaders accountable for leadership failure.
He said looting and plundering of the national treasury by the political class had resulted in the overall social, economic and infrastructural under-development of the country.
The president said the national body was committed to ensuring that rights and privileges of members were protected, adding that through resilient struggle, the union had won 65 years retirement age for academic and none academic staff of colleges of education in Nigeria.
“The nation’s public sector and critical infrastructure has overtime been neglected due to public corruption. Our public sector can no longer provide those essential services it was established to provide because of systemic failure due to corruption”.
“What we are saying is that there should be a legislative enactment providing for death sentence for convicted corrupt public officials,” Sani-Uwais said.
The Provost of the institution, Prof Silas Omebe, assured delegates of warm hospitality in the state.
He said, “It is a great delight and honour for us to host the 17th ADC and we assure you that you will be treated to the traditional Ebonyi hospitality. “Ebonyi is a home for all and prides itself for its peaceful and secure atmosphere; sit back and enjoy a delightful conferencing.
Earlier, Mr Eugene Onuh, chairman, Ebonyi state chapter of SSUCOEN noted that the union had always maintained cordial working relationship with the institution’s management adding that staff of the institution had always enjoyed regular promotion.
“The essence of workers union is not to oppose or confront the employer but to build a bridge between the employer and the employees. Trade unions are formed to create a harmonious working relationship that will guarantee the welfare, stability, dignity and interest of the worker,” Onu said.