The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has appealed to organised Labour led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to rescind its planned warning strike over the new electricity tariff in the overall interest of the nation. Speaking at the 3rd Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), the Minister said since the issue of increase is currently before the National Assembly, organised Labour should give the lawmakers the opportunity to mediate in the dispute.
“The dispute over the increment in electricity tariff is right before the National Assembly and it is only right that as law abiding social partners that all parties allow the National Assembly to arbitrate. The Chairman of NLC is not here but this occasion offers a crucial avenue for me to state government’s position on this hot button issue.” The Minister advised investors in the power sector to provide decent working environment for their staff as his Ministry will no longer tolerate unfair Labour practices, urging workers to give their utmost best in promotion of productivity.
The Minister urged the Association to be committed to a productive change and the inculcation of sanity in the conduct of government business and hoped that the change mantra would instill discipline in the entire citizenry and promotes transparency, accountability and other good governance principles.