Freshreporters media had noted that Federal Government and the organised Labour Congress are currently discussing behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
Sunday’s emergency meeting which was at the behest of the Federal Government, is a last-minute effort to prevent the nationwide indefinite strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria slated for Tuesday, 3rd of October, 2023.
Labour representatives at the meeting are the NLC President, Joe Ajaero; the TUC’s Secretary, Nuhu Toro and his NLC counterpart, Emma Ugbaja.
The FG’s team is led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Other members of the government team include the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan; the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; the Minister of State, Nkeiruka Onyejecha; the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun; the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Beta Edu.
Also present are some directors from the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Recall that freshreporters media had earlier reported that Nigeria Federal Government had summoned an emergency meeting to prevent the imminent nationwide indefinite strike organised by labor unions.
The Federal Government has extended an invitation to labour leaders for a further discussion today, 1st of October, 2023 at 2 pm.
The emergency meeting is to take place at the State House in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
The government-Labour meeting at the State House on September 29 was canceled due to the absence of organised labour representatives.
According to a memorandum issued by the Director of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations, Emmanuel Igbinosun, on behalf of the Minister, and addressed to the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, the meeting has been planned to convene in the Chief of Staff’s Conference Room at the State House.
The statement reads,
“Further to my earlier correspondence on the above subject, I once again bring greetings from the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment.
“I am directed to invite the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for a meeting with the Government on the above subject scheduled as follows; Date:- Sunday, October 1st, 2023; Time:- 2 pm; Venue:- Aso Villa Conference Room of the office of the Chief of Staff to Mr President.
“Please be assured as always of the kind regards of the Hon. Minister of Labour & Employment.”
The meeting is expected to be attended by the national leadership of both the Nigeria Labour Congress and that of the Trade Union Congress.
Expected to attend the meeting on behalf of the government are the Chief of Staff to the President, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, along with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Honorable Simon Lalong, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Honorable Nkiruka Onyejeocha, and several other prominent government officials.
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