The National Economic Council (NEC) has issued an appeal to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), urging them not to forsake dialogue in their pursuit of improved welfare for their members. The council also implores the unions to temporarily suspend their planned nationwide indefinite strike, slated to commence on October 3.
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau conveyed this message during a briefing with State House correspondents following the conclusion of the NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
“The council earnestly appeals to them to put the action on hold and continue engaging in dialogue with the federal government. This is our plea,” Mr. Mutfwang stated.
He emphasized that the nation is currently at a pivotal juncture in its history, pointing out that certain states recently resolved similar labor crises upon assuming office in May. Therefore, it would be unjust for the labor unions to resort to another industrial action.
Governor Mutfwang highlighted the adverse effects the proposed strike would have on both the states’ and federal government’s economies. The NEC expressed genuine concern about the situation in the country and called for composure and patience among Nigerians.
“The council also recognizes the implications of the planned strike on the nation’s economy and thus encourages its members to keep engaging with their respective state leadership,” the governor explained.
He acknowledged the legitimate concerns raised by the NLC and assured that the NEC needs time to address these labor issues. Additionally, Governor Mutfwang mentioned that President Bola Tinubu will be addressing the nation on October 1, wherein some of the labor concerns will be appropriately addressed.
“It is crucial to understand that this is a matter concerning the entire federation. The labor force is represented in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he added.
Governor Mutfwang emphasized that the NEC is appealing for continued discussions at the state levels, as each state may have its specific issues to address regarding labor demands. Dialogue remains the preferred approach to resolving these matters.