In a recent report by The Nation, Prof. Tam David-West who is a Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, warned the Organised Labour against appearing before the panel set up by President Goodluck Jonathan on the removal of fuel subsidy.
He said: “Labour must not appear before the panel set up by President Goodluck Jonathan. Any labour leader that does it is not only a traitor to the labour union but he is a traitor to the entire suffering masses of this country. It is an insult because Jonathan has said that the increase would not come up until April. He has murdered sleep by what he has done. It is not only anti-people, It is anti-God.
“Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria, not Jonathan. And he is only a trustee of the people, not a dictator or Lord of the Manor. He has no legal or moral right to invite labour to a roundtable after doing what the people spoke against.”
Watch the series of videos below with Prof. Tam David West addressing fuel subsidy fraud in Nigeria:
David-West served in Nigerian government as commissioner for education and a member of the Executive Council of Rivers State (1975–1979), as a member of the fifty-person Constitution Drafting Committee for the Federal Military Government of General Murtala Muhammed (1979), as federal minister of petroleum and energy under General Muhammadu Buhari (1984–1985), and as minister of mines, power, and steel under General Ibrahim Babangida (1986), eventually being purged and arrested.
David-West has been an outspoken and controversial critic of Nigerian government policy since his purge and arrest under the military regime of General Babangida. David-West criticized the unconstitutionality of the advisory council established by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, and he voiced caution against government unreservedly opening its doors to United States intelligence. Although he is not affiliated with any political party, David-West supported Chibuike Amaechi of the right-wing-leaning People’s Democratic Party for reelection as governor of Rivers State.
Tam David West received his higher education at the University of Ibadan (1956–1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958–1960), an MSc degree at Yale University (1960–1962), and a PhD degree at McGill University (1964–1966). David-West was consultant virologist and senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1969 and was subsequently promoted to professor of virology in 1975.
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