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FG Sets Up 10-Man Committee To Settle Kaduna, Labour Dispute

A 10-MEMBER bi-partite committee was yesterday mandated to resolve the dispute between the Kaduna State Government and organised Labour.

The panel was raised at a meeting convened by Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige, who waded in the industrial impasse between workers and the Governor Nasir El-Rufai administration.

Local Government Affairs Commissioner Jafaru Sani, who co-led the state delegation with the State Head of Service, Bariatu Mohammed and the leadership of NLC led by its President, Ayuba Wabba, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of the parley.

The MoU asked the parties to settle their dispute and embrace peaceful correlation by desisting from any further industrial action and victimisation of workers.

Others who signed the MOU include Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Deputy President, Najeem Usman; Trade Union Services Director in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs Omoabie Akpan and the Director of Finance and Accounts, Aloy Muoneke.

Muoneke represented the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, the minister said the committee, with representatives from the state government and the NLC, will critically look at the issues under contention and resolve them based on provisions of Section 20 of the Labour Act.

The NLC had commenced a five-day warning strike and protest in the state, over the sack of workers on Grade Level 14, compulsory retirement of workers who have attained the age of 50 years irrespective of their Grade levels, reduction of local government staff strength to 50 in the 23 Local Government Areas and the casualisation of workers on Grade Level 1-6.

The MoU reads in part: “The meeting agreed that all the listed issues fall within the ambit of redundancy therefore, it was resolved that the principle of redundancy as stated in section 20 of Labour Act, Cap L 1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) should apply.

“The meeting also recognised that the current impasse was caused by communication gap between the State Government and NLC occasioned by both the local chapter and even the Kaduna State Government Officials.

“In view of the foregoing, the meeting resolved: To constitute a ten (10) man Bi-partite Committee comprising six (6) representatives of State Government and three (3) officials of the NLC to engage further with the objective of reverting with a work plan on how to integrate the provision of section 20 of the Labour Act CAP L1 LFN 2004 to resolve the impasse between the State Government and the NLC.

“The meeting also resolved that the Committee should have as Chairman, the Head of Service of the Kaduna State Government and assisted by a Deputy National President of the NLC.

“The Committee is expected to revert with the work plan for peaceful resolution of all issues in contention to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment by Tuesday 25th May, 2021.

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