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Kaduna Strike: FG apprehends NLC strike, invites El-Rufai and union leaders

Victoria Ogunrinde

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Wednesday apprehended the ongoing industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) in Kaduna State.

The Deputy Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Charles Akpan in a statement disclosed that the minister had therefore invited the two parties to the trade dispute, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai and top officials of the State as well as the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and top NLC leaders to an emergency conciliation meeting by 11 am, tomorrow , Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the office of the Honourable Minister of labour and Employment, Federal Secretariat, Abuja .

According to the statement, “the Minister further directed the two parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the resolution of the issues in contention.”

The letter which was separately addressed to both the Governor of Kaduna State and the President of the NLC reads in part:

“ Sequel to the strike prompted by the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) one of the federations of Trade Unions in Nigeria, and the subsequent withdrawal of work and services in almost all public sector establishments and institutions in Kaduna State, including but not limited to the essential services in electricity , water and health , which has consequently resulted and inflicted huge damage and loss to the economy and well-being and even loss of lives to the people of Kaduna State in the last three days.

“ I am therefore constrained in the exercise of my powers as the Minister of Labour and Employment , under the Trade Disputes Act, CAP . T8, Laws of Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004; to invite you and your top officials to the emergency trade dispute conciliation meeting.”

The letter emphasized further, “ between the transition period for the meeting , you are please requested to maintain the status quo ante bellum this dispute , so that the enabling climate for the resolution of the issues in dispute will not be hindered by the creation of new issues.”

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