Tinubu’s Govt Reacts, Lists 12 Major 'Progress' Made as NLC Says No Going Back on Strike

Tinubu’s Govt Reacts, Lists 12 Major 'Progress' Made as NLC Says No Going Back on Strike

  • The federal government has said it has reviewed the commitments made with organised labour in the agreement signed on October 2, 2023
  • This was contained in a statement signed by the minister of state for labour and employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, on Wednesday night, February 21
  • Legit.ng recalls that the NLC and TUC had on February 8 issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Bola Tinubu administration
  • The planned strike was over the alleged failure to implement the agreements reached after the removal of the petrol subsidy

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FCT, Abuja - The Bola Tinubu administration has said it is committed to its obligation on the signed October 2, 2023, agreement with organised labour.

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The federal government’s assurance comes amid the insistence by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) that it would proceed with its planned strike action slated for February 27 and February 28.

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Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress are determined to go on strike over the failure of Tinubu's govt to honour its agreement. Photo credits: @APCUKingdom, @NLCHeadquarters
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A statement on Wednesday night, February 21, by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the minister of state for labour and employment, said the government had reviewed the commitments made with the organised labour in the agreement entered.

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Onyejeocha stated that “very substantial progress” has been made in some areas.

The FG listed some of the areas thus:

(i) On the wage award of N35,000 for Six Months, the government has paid for four months up to 31st December 2023. The remaining two months of January and February 2024 are being processed.
(ii) On the Minimum Wage Committee, the government, on 30th January 2024, inaugurated a 37-member Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage to review and develop an acceptable and sustainable minimum wage for Nigerian workers. The Committee has so far held two meetings, and discussions are ongoing.

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(iii) This was effected immediately Concerning the suspension of the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Diesel for Six Months beginning from October 2023. It is on record that no one has been subjected to this form of taxation since October 2023.
(iv) The government has made substantial financial commitments regarding providing CNG Buses and Conversion Kits. These buses will be rolled out very soon to alleviate Nigerians' transportation challenges.
(v) Regarding various tax incentives in the agreement, the government has commenced a series of engagements with relevant stakeholders. At the same time, all necessary machinery is being put in place for effective implementation."

Conclusively, the federal government stressed that it was committed to social dialogue with organised labour and other stakeholders “towards achieving industrial peace and harmony while prioritising workers' welfare”.

Check out the full list of the 12 major 'progress' the FG said it has made in its discussions with the organised labour below:

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In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that organised labour in Niger state on Wednesday, February 21, embarked on an indefinite strike.

The labour union shut down government offices and hospitals.

Source: Legit.ng

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