The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige yesterday pleaded with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to reconsider its plans to embark on strike over the new electricity tariff in the overall interest of the nation.
Making this appeal in his goodwill message at the 3rd Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, in Abuja, the Minister urged the association to be committed to a productive change and inculcation of sanity in the conduct of government business.
“The dispute over the increment in electricity tariff is right before the National Assembly and it is only right that, as law abiding social partners, all parties allow the National Assembly to arbitrate. The chairman of NLC is not here, but this occasion offers a crucial avenue for me to state government’s position on this hot button issue,” he stated.
Ngige, however, challenged investors in the power sector to provide decent working environment for their staff as his ministry will no longer tolerate unfair practices against labour.