The federal government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has invited Labour leaders for another interaction at 2 p.m. today, October 1, 2023, at the State House, Abuja.
This is part of efforts to avert the impending nationwide indefinite strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (TUC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Recall that a meeting was scheduled last Friday, September 29, 2023, between the government and Labour, at the State House, but failed to be held as representatives of the organised Labour refused to show up.
According to a Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment’s memorandum issued by the Director, of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations, Emmanuel Igbinosun, on behalf of the Minister, addressed to the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the meeting is slated to hold in the Chief of Staff’s Conference Room, State House.
The statement read: “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 memorandum said.
The meeting is expected to be attended by the national leadership of both the NLC and that of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Expected at the meeting from the government side are Chief of Staff to the President, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon Nkiruka Onyejeocha and other top government officials.