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FG begs NLC to embrace dialogue as meeting ends in a deadlock

FG begs NLC to embrace dialogue as meeting ends in a deadlock
FG begs NLC to embrace dialogue as meeting ends in a deadlock (Image Credit: Google News)

The Federal Government, Monday, called on the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), to fully embrace dialogue as a means of resolution to the issues bordering the removal of subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol.

The Minister of Labour, Simon Lalong, made this known in his opening remarks at the meeting between representatives of the government and the NLC.

Lalong, who was in the company of the Minister of State for Labour, Nkeiru Onyejeocha, and other officials of the ministry appreciated the Labour Centre for honouring the invitation of the ministry.

Speaking further, the former Plateau State governor noted that he was willing to work alongside the unionists to find lasting solutions that will benefit all Nigerians.

He said, “In recent months, our country has witnessed teething challenges, marked by industrial actions and unrest that have adversely affected the economy. I appear before you today not just as a representative of the government, but as an advocate for constructive dialogue, aspiring to understand your concerns and working hand in hand to find lasting solutions that benefit all Nigerians.

“I fully acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable role the NLC plays in championing the rights and welfare of our workers. Your dedication and tireless advocacy have been critical in shaping a fair and inclusive work environment and ensuring the well-being of our workforce. We acknowledge the valid grievances that have fueled the recent labour crisis, and we are committed to addressing them in a just and equitable manner.

“ We must also recognize the economic realities that confront us. As we address the concerns of our workforce, we must be mindful of striking a balance that promotes economic growth and secures sustainable progress for our nation. Today, I call upon each one of you to join hands in an open-minded and constructive dialogue, enabling us to bridge any gaps that may exist between the interests of workers and the ultimate goal of driving economic advancement.”

Meanwhile, the meeting between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Federal Government ended in a deadlock with another meeting scheduled for a later date.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, is also expected to meet with the representatives of the Trade Union Congress led by its national president, Festus Osifo, later.

According to Punch reports, following the NLC’s threat of indefinite strike action over what the Labour Centre tagged as “anti-poor” policies propagated by the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, Lalong invited the unionists to a meeting in his office in Abuja on Monday.

The meeting had in attendance senior officials of the ministry, the national president of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, the general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, national president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Titus Amba among others.

Our correspondent learnt that no concrete solution was made nor was any major decision reached at the end of the meeting.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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