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Shelve Strike And Follow Procedures, Police Urge Labour

The police says it views labour's action as a potential catalyst for increased tension and political instability.


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FILES: IGP Kayode Egbetokun.

 

Following the decision of the labour unions to embark on a nationwide strike over the failure to agree on a new minimum wage with the Federal Government, the Nigerian Police Force has appealed to the organised labour to adhere with existing laws, calling for caution to prevent breakdown of law and order.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Monday.

The organised labour began its proposed nationwide industrial action over the inability of the Federal Government to consent to its proposed minimum wage for Nigerian workers on Monday.

According to the workers, the current minimum wage of ₦30,000 can no longer cater to the well-being of an average Nigerian worker.

However, the police spokesperson said that in the light of the Federal Government’s recent declaration that the planned strike is illegal and premature, the police views this action as a potential catalyst for increased tension and political instability.

The statements reads, “The Nigeria Police Force, while acknowledging the recent announcement by organized labour regarding the intention to embark on a nationwide strike action and understanding the right of organized labour to engage in such actions to advocate for the interests of all workers, wishes to emphasize the importance of adherence to the existing laws governing such activities; and calls for caution to prevent a breakdown of law and order within the country.

“In light of the Federal Government’s recent declaration that the planned strike is illegal and premature, the Nigeria Police Force views this action as a potential catalyst for increased tension and political instability.

“The NPF hereby urges organized labour to proceed with the ongoing deliberations at the Tripartite Committee, which is focused on determining a new minimum wage, and shelve the planned strike as such decision is essential to prevent untold hardships on members of the public and maintain order and stability within our country.

“The Nigeria Police Force assures the public that ample deployments have been made across the country to ensure that citizens can go about their lawful duties without hindrance.

“Therefore, all members of the public are encouraged to remain calm and continue with their lawful daily activities, while organized labour is urged to act responsibly and in accordance with the law, prioritizing dialogue and legal avenues to resolving the existing grievances.”