Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has urged the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to cancel its plans of embarking on a strike as a result of the recent hike in electricity tariff, in the general interest of the nation.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) took a decision on Wednesday to declare a one-day warning nationwide strike as a result of the extremely difficult conditions that Nigerians have been subjected to following the Federal Government’s insistence to carry on with the increase in electricity tariff, the lingering fuel crisis and the persistent economic hardship experienced under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,
the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, disclosed the information in his address to mark the opening of the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja saying that the increase in electricity tariff was “illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians.” He added that the tariff hike was more annoying, considering the fact that there has not been any notable improvement in service delivery by the power sector.
Chris Ngige made the plea in Abuja in his goodwill message at the 3rd Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), and appealed to the association to be committed to achieving a productive change and inculcating sanity in the conduct of government business. According to him:
“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, 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.”
Senator Chris Ngige, nevertheless, admonished investors in the power sector to provide decent working environment for their members of staff as his ministry would no longer allow unfair labour practices and also counseled workers to give their best in order to promote the organisation.