Alleged Murder: FG Urges NLC To Suspend Nationwide Protests

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie.

The Federal Government on Wednesday directed the labour unions to suspend all protests to allow for negotiations.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie, at a meeting with labour leaders in Abuja said a meeting has been scheduled to hold next week to resolve the impasse.

Ahead of that meeting however, the Minister advised states to adhere to existing labour laws when dealing with issues that affect workers’ salaries and their working hours.

This is coming after protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) against salary cut and the death of their colleagues in Nasarawa State.

Though the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked the NLC and its affiliates to refrain from embarking on its planned protest in Nasarawa State, the National body of the NLC staged a nationwide protest over the alleged killing of their colleagues in Nasarawa by security personnel.

The protest saw labour members wear a black hand band to mourn the deceased workers who were killed on July 29.

Oshiomhole Urges FG To Review Expatriate Quota

OshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has asked the Federal Government to review expatriate quota as a means of reducing the nation’s unemployment burden.

The governor said this while speaking during a visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngigie.

According to him, there is a huge influx of foreigners in Nigeria doing menial jobs which are supposed to be done by Nigerians, especially in the construction companies.

Oshiomhole also urged the government to re-activate the Federal Government Labour Data Centres in other to capture the true statistics of the employed, unemployed and expatriates in the country.