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Nkeiruka Onyejeocha: Tinubu’s administration committed to fulfilling MOU with Organized Labour, despite strike threats

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Amidst strike threats from organized Labour, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, assures that the government remains dedicated to implementing the sixteen-point agreement designed to alleviate the challenges faced by workers following subsidy removal.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to meet the demands agreed upon after the subsidy removal.

Onyejeocha emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities towards workers and the less privileged in Nigeria amidst the looming strike.

She affirmed the government’s determination to fully execute the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Organized Labour, emphasizing the administration’s dedication to its promises.

“I can confidently say that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration stands firmly with the people, and the President is tirelessly working to ensure that everything is done to address the needs and concerns of the nation”.

During a press conference in Abuja, Onyejeocha acknowledged the current hardships faced by Nigerian workers and assured that the government is genuinely engaged in negotiations with trade unions.

She reassured the public of the government’s continuous commitment to addressing labour concerns and upholding all agreements, stating, “The government would also like to assure the organized labour of its commitment to maintaining open and constructive communication with them to foster positive labour relations and guarantee a supportive working environment for all workers.”

Furthermore, Onyejeocha reported that the N35,000 wage award agreed between the government and organized labour is being implemented. She also addressed complaints regarding non-implementation in certain public and private sector organizations, indicating the Ministry’s active efforts to ensure compliance across all sectors.

Notably, she mentioned mediating an agreement between the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCEFWW), Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), the Federation of Construction Industries (FOCI) (Employers) to resolve an issue.

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