COVID-19: FG tells employers to obtain clearance before sacking workers

COVID-19: FG tells employers to obtain clearance before sacking workers

- The federal government has urged employers to first obtaining clearance before attempting to sack workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic

- Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment stated that the government is seeking to create more jobs during the pandemic

- The minister said the federal government is in talks with employers of labour concerning job protection

The federal government has urged employers to first obtaining clearance before attempting to sack workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, who made the statement on Thursday, April 30, stated that the government is seeking to create more jobs during the pandemic.

COVID-19: FG urges employers not to sack workers

Chris Ngige said the government is seeking to create more jobs during the pandemic. Photo credits: The Nation
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The minister said the federal government is in talks with employers of labour concerning job protection

He urged employers attempting to retrench workers to engage in dialogue with the affected workers.

... “Along this line, talks are currently ongoing between the Presidential Economic Sustainability Council and Employers on job protection and even job creation at this time and progressively to post Covid-19 crisis," Ngige said.

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“I wish to state that employers will not be encouraged to disengage staff without prerequisite Social Dialogue and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.”

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sent warm felicitations to Nigerian workers on the 2020 commemoration of the International Workers’ Day.

This year's International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, comes at a time the world is combating the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has kept economies across the world locked down.

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APC spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in a statement, noted that the long-term consequences of the pandemic “will reshape our work culture, ways of doing business, provision of services and new opportunities.

The party acknowledged the efforts of the Nigerian workers in the task of nation-building, assuring them that the federal government would continue to prioritise their welfare.

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We urge workers not to relent in their support for this administration as we battle COVID-19, in addition to getting the nation's economy back on its trajectory of growth as quickly as possible,” the party said.

In another report, the federal government has assured civil servants that the rationalisation of government agencies won't lead to job losses.

The government's clarification was made after fear gripped civil servants over comments by the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the commencement of the initiative.

In an interview with Leadership newspaper on Friday, April 30, the special adviser on media and communications to the minister, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, said downsizing had never been the priority of the Buhari administration from inception till date.

He confirmed that the president has approved that his administration should implement the recommendations of the Oronsaye report.

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