- The Nigerian government is not happy that some unions decided to go on strike when negotiations are still on
- The government has now threatened to stop the salaries of members of the union
- The threat was issued by the country's minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige
The federal government has threatened to stop the salaries of non-teaching workers of universities for embarking on an indefinite strike.
The Nation reports that the threat was issued by the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige on behalf of the government on Thursday, February 11.
The minister noted that Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) statutes permit the government to stop the salaries of workers when they are on strike.
“It is against ILO statutes. The ILO statute says you have a right to go on strike and your employer has a right not to pay you and use the same money to keep the enterprise going.”
Meanwhile, as governments at all levels continue to renege on their agreements with unions, some pastors in Nigeria are putting smiles on the faces of citizens through free education.
Recall that a popular Nigerian pastor, David Ibiyeomie has built a brand new primary school where students are on a full scholarship.
Ibiyeomie is a televangelist, founder and senior pastor of Salvation Ministries, in Port Harcourt.
On Tuesday, February 2, the 58-year old pastor dedicated the school named Home of Success Academy.
The school is an A level primary school with all the basic amenities needed and a very conducive environment for learning.
In a related development, the Catholic Bishop of Yola, Most Reverend Dam Mamza, is building an estate with 86 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state.
The news was shared by an educational books publisher and tech enthusiast on Twitter, Mr Gbenro Adegbola.
Legit.ng gathered that the Bishop is also building schools too and has converted his cathedral to an IDPs camp, where children from all religions are welcome to study.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.