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  •   Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence Nigeria s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers NAUT Since its formation in 1978 ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches comprising federal and state universities nationwide But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members welfare In its early days ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services as much as unpopular government policies and programmes detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re colonisation of Nigeria However close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988 Notably between 1988 and 1996 university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service In the course of those struggles ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military and on each occasion came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 ASUU became more restive Between 1999 and 2022 the union embarked on strike 16 times the ongoing one inclusive Out of the 16 ASUU strikes seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari Two years after Buhari assumed office in 2007 to be precise ASUU embarked on a strike The union later embarked on a three month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020 The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments some dating back to 2009 The disputed issues include the Revitalisation Funds Earned Academic Earned Allowances Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers and appointment of visitation panels to the universities Others are the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution UTAS as payment platform for university teachers With this according to the union salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS approved by the government for Federal Government workers ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals which IPPIS does not recognise The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non teaching staff According to the government the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers The union however differs accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements CBAs Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service in 2016 2017 the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN who was at that time the Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos to handle the renegotiation ASUU protested against Babalakin s appointment prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission NSIWC in particular said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs giving the committee a three month deadline to conclude its assignment The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb 14 this year After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations However the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably forcing the Minister Sen Chris Ngige to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest NANFeature If used please credit writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles
      Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence Nigeria s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers NAUT Since its formation in 1978 ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches comprising federal and state universities nationwide But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members welfare In its early days ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services as much as unpopular government policies and programmes detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re colonisation of Nigeria However close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988 Notably between 1988 and 1996 university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service In the course of those struggles ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military and on each occasion came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 ASUU became more restive Between 1999 and 2022 the union embarked on strike 16 times the ongoing one inclusive Out of the 16 ASUU strikes seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari Two years after Buhari assumed office in 2007 to be precise ASUU embarked on a strike The union later embarked on a three month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020 The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments some dating back to 2009 The disputed issues include the Revitalisation Funds Earned Academic Earned Allowances Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers and appointment of visitation panels to the universities Others are the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution UTAS as payment platform for university teachers With this according to the union salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS approved by the government for Federal Government workers ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals which IPPIS does not recognise The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non teaching staff According to the government the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers The union however differs accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements CBAs Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service in 2016 2017 the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN who was at that time the Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos to handle the renegotiation ASUU protested against Babalakin s appointment prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission NSIWC in particular said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs giving the committee a three month deadline to conclude its assignment The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb 14 this year After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations However the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably forcing the Minister Sen Chris Ngige to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest NANFeature If used please credit writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles
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    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles

    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence, Nigeria’s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers (NAUT).

    Since its formation in 1978, ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds, from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches, comprising federal and state universities nationwide.

    But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members’ welfare.

    In its early days, ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities.

    It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services, as much as unpopular government policies and programmes, detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens.

    It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re-colonisation of Nigeria.

    However, close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988. Notably, between 1988 and 1996, university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service.

    In the course of those struggles, ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military, and on each occasion, came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations.

    After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, ASUU became more restive.

    Between 1999 and 2022, the union embarked on strike 16 times (the ongoing one inclusive).

    Out of the 16 ASUU strikes, seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

    The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Two years after Buhari assumed office, in 2007 to be precise, ASUU embarked on a strike. 

    The union later embarked on a three-month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020. The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months.

    It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments, some dating back to 2009. The disputed issues include: the Revitalisation Funds, Earned Academic Earned Allowances, Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers, and appointment of visitation panels to the universities.

    Others are: the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution (UTAS) as payment platform for university teachers.

    With this, according to the union, salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) approved by the government for Federal Government workers.

    ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures’ salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals, which IPPIS does not recognise.

    The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement.

    The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non-teaching staff.

    According to the government, the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest, leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers.

    The union, however, differs, accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).

    Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service, in 2016-2017, the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN, who was at that time the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, to handle the renegotiation.

    ASUU protested against Babalakin’s appointment, prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali.

    Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers, but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications.

    The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), in particular, said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase.

    When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed, the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs, giving the committee a three-month deadline to conclude its assignment.

    The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb. 14 this year.

    After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations.

    However, the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably, forcing the Minister, Sen. Chris Ngige, to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria ((NICN).

    Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

    As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest.

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  •  The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
     The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
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    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order

    The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to call off its ongoing strike.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja.

    “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept. 2, though it has none of this.

    “Rather, ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order.

    It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted.

    “The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing.

    Where then is ASUU coming from?

    “It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN, directing it to call off strike and return to work, but that it also has a stay of execution,’’ he said.

    Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU, exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness, noting that “the Federal Government strongly frowns at this”.

    The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8-month old strike.

    According to him, this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action.

    He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order.

    Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work, while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention.

    The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept. 29. It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters  with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, after making his presentation.

    It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker.

    The statement further recalled that at that meeting, Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike.

    It said, according to the minister, “on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers, I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers.

    “The economy is bad and hard time, biting hard on everybody.

    ASUU deserves no blame.

    “The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry, which had to move to the ASUU’s direct employers  – Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement, so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU, subject to approval by the President “The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance, with myself as co-chair and other members – National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Budget Office, etc.

    “Every MDA, whether drawing from the treasury or not, must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval, before transmission to the President.

    The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route.

    ” It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of  payment platform – UTAS – came up, he persuaded the President to “give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4, and the SGF supported me”.

    “If the system is good, we adopt it for the whole country, but meanwhile the hardware is not there.

    How do you do it?

    “The test – the three of them – IPPIS, UTAS, UPPPS – have failed the test.

    Do you recommend something that has failed a test?

    .

    So, no matter how I love ASUU, I won’t support something that failed a test.

    ’’
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Royal fathers the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and the Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC have urged Nigerians across geo political zones to embrace peace remain hopeful and work towards achieving credible elections in 2023 They made the call on Saturday in Abuja on the occasion of Nigeria s 62th Independence Day Alhaji Adamu Yunusa the Ona of Abaji and Chairman of the FCT Council of Traditional Rulers expressed gratitude to God for bringing the country this far According to the ruler it is only when a nation enjoys peace that it can progress pointing out that although Nigeria is moving forward it is being hindered in some other ways by the chaos in the society I pray for God s intervention in some of the difficulty areas such as the current ASUU strike youth unemployment among others In this 2022 anniversary we pray to Almighty Allah to help us in this country to solve some of the problems confronting us First and foremost is the issue of unemployment of our youths who are roaming about and we pray that God will help us to solve it Yunusa condemned the high level of corruption in the country and the insecurity saying they were killing the entire system of governance and prayed God s intervention According to him if Nigeria can solve the problem of corruption other problems will be solved stressing that corruption is the major thing killing the country Yunusa appealed to Nigerians to strive for peaceful elections next year devoid of chaos Corroborating Yunusa s views Eze Chima of Umofor Kingdom in Imo said Nigeria was faring well except for the security challenges facing it He advised Nigerians to avoid unnecessary hatred and bigotry but rather to develop love amongst themselves Where there is love there will be peace and where there is peace there will be development I have always told Nigerians that if at all we must fight let us fight hunger poverty diseases as these things do not know who is a Moslem or Christian who is Igbo Hausa or Yoruba In the same vein if we must kill let it be mosquitoes he said On the forthcoming general elections Chima advised the candidates and their political parties to place emphasis on issues bothering the country and how they would solve them if elected Dr Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that while the challenges facing Nigeria were not unique to it the government was working to tackle them He expressed the hope that the current ASUU strike would soon be called off adding anything that has a beginning must have an end We are coming at the end of the road we are looking at negotiations and judicial interventions he said Mr Yabaji Sani Chairman of the Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC and the presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party ADP said it was high time the nation got it right in all the sectors especially the 2023 elections It is our time to get it right in this country because Nigeria is great and the founding fathers of this country believed in this country They knew we have what it takes in terms of resources in terms of human capital We have a dynamic youth population we can see how passionate the youths have been since the beginning of this electioneering process NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Royal fathers, Ngige , IPAC  sue for peace, credible elections
      Royal fathers the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and the Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC have urged Nigerians across geo political zones to embrace peace remain hopeful and work towards achieving credible elections in 2023 They made the call on Saturday in Abuja on the occasion of Nigeria s 62th Independence Day Alhaji Adamu Yunusa the Ona of Abaji and Chairman of the FCT Council of Traditional Rulers expressed gratitude to God for bringing the country this far According to the ruler it is only when a nation enjoys peace that it can progress pointing out that although Nigeria is moving forward it is being hindered in some other ways by the chaos in the society I pray for God s intervention in some of the difficulty areas such as the current ASUU strike youth unemployment among others In this 2022 anniversary we pray to Almighty Allah to help us in this country to solve some of the problems confronting us First and foremost is the issue of unemployment of our youths who are roaming about and we pray that God will help us to solve it Yunusa condemned the high level of corruption in the country and the insecurity saying they were killing the entire system of governance and prayed God s intervention According to him if Nigeria can solve the problem of corruption other problems will be solved stressing that corruption is the major thing killing the country Yunusa appealed to Nigerians to strive for peaceful elections next year devoid of chaos Corroborating Yunusa s views Eze Chima of Umofor Kingdom in Imo said Nigeria was faring well except for the security challenges facing it He advised Nigerians to avoid unnecessary hatred and bigotry but rather to develop love amongst themselves Where there is love there will be peace and where there is peace there will be development I have always told Nigerians that if at all we must fight let us fight hunger poverty diseases as these things do not know who is a Moslem or Christian who is Igbo Hausa or Yoruba In the same vein if we must kill let it be mosquitoes he said On the forthcoming general elections Chima advised the candidates and their political parties to place emphasis on issues bothering the country and how they would solve them if elected Dr Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that while the challenges facing Nigeria were not unique to it the government was working to tackle them He expressed the hope that the current ASUU strike would soon be called off adding anything that has a beginning must have an end We are coming at the end of the road we are looking at negotiations and judicial interventions he said Mr Yabaji Sani Chairman of the Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC and the presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party ADP said it was high time the nation got it right in all the sectors especially the 2023 elections It is our time to get it right in this country because Nigeria is great and the founding fathers of this country believed in this country They knew we have what it takes in terms of resources in terms of human capital We have a dynamic youth population we can see how passionate the youths have been since the beginning of this electioneering process NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Royal fathers, Ngige , IPAC  sue for peace, credible elections
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    Nigeria @62: Royal fathers, Ngige , IPAC  sue for peace, credible elections

     Royal fathers, the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Dr Chris Ngige and the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) have urged Nigerians across geo-political zones to embrace peace, remain hopeful and work towards achieving credible elections in 2023. They made the call on Saturday in Abuja on the occasion of Nigeria’s 62th Independence Day. Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, the Ona of Abaji and Chairman of the FCT Council of Traditional Rulers,  expressed gratitude to God for bringing the country this far.

    According to the ruler, it is only when a nation enjoys peace that it can progress, pointing out that although Nigeria is moving forward it is being hindered in some other ways by the chaos in the society.

    “I pray for God’s intervention in some of the difficulty areas such as the current ASUU strike, youth unemployment,  among others.

    “In this 2022 anniversary, we pray to Almighty Allah to help us in this country to solve some of the problems confronting us.

    “First and foremost, is the issue of unemployment of our youths who are roaming about and we pray that God will help us to solve it.

    Yunusa condemned the high level of corruption in the country and the insecurity, saying they were killing the entire system of governance and prayed God’s intervention.

    According to him, if Nigeria can solve the problem of corruption,  other problems will be solved, stressing that corruption is the major thing “killing the country, Yunusa appealed to Nigerians to strive for peaceful elections next year, devoid of chaos.

    Corroborating Yunusa’s views, Eze Chima of Umofor Kingdom in Imo said Nigeria was faring well except for the security challenges facing it.

    He advised Nigerians to avoid unnecessary hatred and bigotry but rather to develop love amongst themselves.

    “Where there is love, there will be peace and where there is peace, there will be development.

    “I have always told Nigerians that if at all we must fight, let us fight hunger, poverty, diseases, as these things do not know who is a Moslem or Christian, who is Igbo, Hausa, or Yoruba.

    In the same vein, if we must kill, let it be mosquitoes, ” he said.

    On the forthcoming general elections, Chima advised the candidates and their political parties to place emphasis on issues bothering the country and how they would solve them, if elected.

    Dr Chris Ngige , Minister of Labour and Employment, said that while the challenges facing Nigeria were not unique to it, the  government was working to tackle them.

    He expressed the hope that the current ASUU strike would soon be called off, adding “anything that has a beginning must have an end“.

    “We are coming at the end of the road, we are looking at negotiations and judicial interventions, ’’ he said.

    Mr Yabaji Sani, Chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and the presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) said it was high time the nation got it right in all the sectors,  especially the 2023 elections.

    “It is our time to get it right in this country because Nigeria is great and the founding fathers of this country believed in this country.

    They knew we have what it takes in terms of resources, in terms of human capital.

    “ We have a dynamic youth population, we can see how passionate the youths have been since the beginning of this electioneering process.


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  •  The Federal Government has pledged to improve the welfare of Nigerian workers as the country marked its 62nd independence Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said this in a statement by his Media Office on Friday in Abuja Ngige assured workers that the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration would leave no stones unturned in ensuring an improved welfare for all workers in the face of extant challenges that had eaten into the New National Minimum Wage According to him the Federal Government is not unmindful of the runaway prices of goods and services and their deleterious consequences on salaries and wages It is another opportunity to reflect on the heroic roles which the Nigerian workforce operating under different unions played in Nigeria s independence struggle and the sustenance of that freedom since Oct 1 1960 Nothing is too much as compensation hence reason the present administration has continued to show unflinching commitment to the improved lots of all workers even in the face of dwindling national earnings The new national minimum wage and its consequential adjustment wage increase were implemented in 2019 In spite of the economy slipping twice into recession the President ensured that no worker in the Federal Government employment lost his or her job he said He also added that even while COVID 19 forced the entire world on bended knees and millions lost their jobs globally the Federal Government shielded its workers The minister also said that notwithstanding the two third of the federal staff stayed at home in conformity with COVID protocol and that their salaries were paid as and when due Therefore the Federal Government is concerned over the plight of workers consequent upon the adverse effects of galloping inflation on salaries and wages While this gale of inflation is a global phenomenon and not restricted to Nigeria we call for further understanding of workers as government plans an appropriate response President Buhari has never failed Nigerian workers Not now he said On the growing unemployment rate Ngige said his ministry had established a Labour Market Information System LMIS He said the LMIS intended to generate analyse and integrate job related data from all Ministries Departments and Agencies of government to enable the sector policy makers track labour market indicators and generate employments He added that the focal officers who would be pivot of the scheme would soon begin work in all the MDAs The synergy arising from the system will consolidate hitherto solo efforts and break new grounds in tackling the unemployment situation he said He therefore commended the Nigerian workers operating under different unions for their immeasurable contributions to the sustenance of Nigeria s independence nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: FG pledges improved welfare for workers
     The Federal Government has pledged to improve the welfare of Nigerian workers as the country marked its 62nd independence Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said this in a statement by his Media Office on Friday in Abuja Ngige assured workers that the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration would leave no stones unturned in ensuring an improved welfare for all workers in the face of extant challenges that had eaten into the New National Minimum Wage According to him the Federal Government is not unmindful of the runaway prices of goods and services and their deleterious consequences on salaries and wages It is another opportunity to reflect on the heroic roles which the Nigerian workforce operating under different unions played in Nigeria s independence struggle and the sustenance of that freedom since Oct 1 1960 Nothing is too much as compensation hence reason the present administration has continued to show unflinching commitment to the improved lots of all workers even in the face of dwindling national earnings The new national minimum wage and its consequential adjustment wage increase were implemented in 2019 In spite of the economy slipping twice into recession the President ensured that no worker in the Federal Government employment lost his or her job he said He also added that even while COVID 19 forced the entire world on bended knees and millions lost their jobs globally the Federal Government shielded its workers The minister also said that notwithstanding the two third of the federal staff stayed at home in conformity with COVID protocol and that their salaries were paid as and when due Therefore the Federal Government is concerned over the plight of workers consequent upon the adverse effects of galloping inflation on salaries and wages While this gale of inflation is a global phenomenon and not restricted to Nigeria we call for further understanding of workers as government plans an appropriate response President Buhari has never failed Nigerian workers Not now he said On the growing unemployment rate Ngige said his ministry had established a Labour Market Information System LMIS He said the LMIS intended to generate analyse and integrate job related data from all Ministries Departments and Agencies of government to enable the sector policy makers track labour market indicators and generate employments He added that the focal officers who would be pivot of the scheme would soon begin work in all the MDAs The synergy arising from the system will consolidate hitherto solo efforts and break new grounds in tackling the unemployment situation he said He therefore commended the Nigerian workers operating under different unions for their immeasurable contributions to the sustenance of Nigeria s independence nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: FG pledges improved welfare for workers
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    Nigeria at 62: FG pledges improved welfare for workers

    The Federal Government has pledged to improve the welfare of Nigerian workers as the country marked its 62nd independence.

    Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this in a statement by his Media Office on Friday in Abuja.

    Ngige assured workers that the  President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would leave no stones unturned in ensuring an improved welfare for all workers, in the face of extant challenges that had eaten into the New National Minimum Wage. According to him, the Federal Government is not unmindful of the runaway prices of goods and services and their deleterious consequences  on salaries and wages.

    “It is another opportunity to reflect on  the heroic roles which the Nigerian workforce, operating under different unions played in Nigeria’s independence struggle and the sustenance of that freedom since  Oct. 1, 1960. “Nothing is too much as compensation, hence, reason the present administration has continued to show unflinching commitment to the improved lots of all workers even in the face of dwindling national earnings.

    “The new national minimum wage and its consequential adjustment (wage increase) were implemented in 2019. “In spite of the economy slipping twice into recession, the President ensured that no worker in the Federal Government employment lost his or her job,’’ he said.

    He also added that, even while COVID-19 forced the entire world on bended knees and millions lost their jobs globally, the Federal Government shielded its workers.

    The minister also said that, notwithstanding the two-third of the federal staff stayed at home, in conformity with COVID protocol and that their salaries were paid as and when due.

    “Therefore, the Federal Government is concerned over the plight of workers, consequent upon the adverse effects of galloping inflation on salaries and wages.

    “While this gale of inflation is a global phenomenon, and not restricted to Nigeria, we call for further understanding of workers as government plans an appropriate response.

    “President Buhari has never failed Nigerian workers.

    Not now,’’ he said.

    On the growing unemployment rate,  Ngige said  his ministry had established  a Labour Market Information System (LMIS).

    He said the LMIS intended to generate, analyse and integrate job related  data from all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government,  to enable  the  sector policy makers track labour market indicators and generate employments.

    He added that the focal officers who would be pivot of the scheme would soon begin  work in all the MDAs. “The synergy arising from the system  will consolidate hitherto,  solo efforts and break new grounds in tackling the unemployment situation, ’’ he said.

    He,  therefore, commended  the Nigerian workers operating under different unions for their  immeasurable contributions to the sustenance of Nigeria’s independence.

    nanews.


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  •  The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System IPPIS Mr Okolieaboh Sylva the acting Accountant General of the Federation said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU s pay what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU s peculiarities Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS We can correct whatever mistake we make now he said Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members If we accept what ASUU is saying it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform the military is on IPPIS and health workers ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made he said Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari s approval adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer In the spirit of reconciliation if ASUU knows what can be done we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue It doesn t make sense not to accept let ASUU come to us we are willing to accept If we are going to adopt UTAS that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS he said Speaking Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan 9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system he said He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test adding that he couldn t recommend the adoption of any of them no matter the pressure Prof Emmanuel Osodeke President ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike He added that the executive had spoken just as the the judiciary and the legislature Everybody cannot be wrong We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting please in the interest of our children we have called you in spite of the court ruling he said On the the issue of UTAS Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers We are more or less working for you There come a time all conflicts come to an end We will make our recommendation to the President You have a very good case the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn t pay attention I understand your feeling and emotion You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children Please let s take it and get to the final destination he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS
     The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System IPPIS Mr Okolieaboh Sylva the acting Accountant General of the Federation said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU s pay what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU s peculiarities Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS We can correct whatever mistake we make now he said Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members If we accept what ASUU is saying it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform the military is on IPPIS and health workers ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made he said Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari s approval adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer In the spirit of reconciliation if ASUU knows what can be done we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue It doesn t make sense not to accept let ASUU come to us we are willing to accept If we are going to adopt UTAS that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS he said Speaking Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan 9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system he said He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test adding that he couldn t recommend the adoption of any of them no matter the pressure Prof Emmanuel Osodeke President ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike He added that the executive had spoken just as the the judiciary and the legislature Everybody cannot be wrong We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting please in the interest of our children we have called you in spite of the court ruling he said On the the issue of UTAS Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers We are more or less working for you There come a time all conflicts come to an end We will make our recommendation to the President You have a very good case the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn t pay attention I understand your feeling and emotion You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children Please let s take it and get to the final destination he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS
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    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS

    The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System (IPPIS).Mr Okolieaboh Sylva, the acting Accountant General of the Federation, said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU’s pay, what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform, adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU’s peculiarities.“Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS.We can correct whatever mistake we make now, ” he said.Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU’s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members.“If we accept what ASUU is saying, it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform, the military is on IPPIS and health workers, ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made,” he said.Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU’s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer.“In the spirit of reconciliation, if ASUU knows what can be done, we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue.It doesn’t make sense not to accept, let ASUU come to us, we are willing to accept.“If we are going to adopt UTAS, that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS,” he said.Speaking, Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have.Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan.9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries.“I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself, I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system,” he said.He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test, adding that he couldn’t recommend the adoption of any of them, no matter the pressure.Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President, ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate.Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike.He added that the executive had spoken, just as the the judiciary, and the legislature.“Everybody cannot be wrong.“We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting, please in the interest of our children , we have called you in spite of the court ruling,” he said..On the the issue of UTAS, Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers.“We are more or less working for you.There come a time all conflicts come to an end.We will make our recommendation to the President.“You have a very good case, the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn’t pay attention.I understand your feeling and emotion.“You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children.Please let’s take it and get to the final destination,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The International Labour Organisation ILO has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace resilience and social cohesion in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is End Racism and Build Peace and it is celebrated annually on Sept 21 Phala said that globally almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated The ILO believes that employment decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience she said Phala also said that in collaboration with member states tripartite constituents and other stakeholder the ILO supports an employment centered crisis In Nigeria according to the United State Institute for Peace the government of Nigeria has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta increased agitation by pro Biafra nationalists in the Southeast conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population As a result achieving peace goes beyond military force alone The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population she said Phala said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation 2017 No 205 refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour freedom of association and collective bargaining and tripartite social dialogue non discrimination and equality at work Labour Inspection among others Phala however said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation Also Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System Ngige represented by Mrs Juliana Adebayo Director Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry said the topic Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill he said He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment Government has also realized that social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony decent work income distribution among other in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace
     The International Labour Organisation ILO has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace resilience and social cohesion in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is End Racism and Build Peace and it is celebrated annually on Sept 21 Phala said that globally almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated The ILO believes that employment decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience she said Phala also said that in collaboration with member states tripartite constituents and other stakeholder the ILO supports an employment centered crisis In Nigeria according to the United State Institute for Peace the government of Nigeria has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta increased agitation by pro Biafra nationalists in the Southeast conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population As a result achieving peace goes beyond military force alone The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population she said Phala said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation 2017 No 205 refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour freedom of association and collective bargaining and tripartite social dialogue non discrimination and equality at work Labour Inspection among others Phala however said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation Also Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System Ngige represented by Mrs Juliana Adebayo Director Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry said the topic Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill he said He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment Government has also realized that social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony decent work income distribution among other in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace
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    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace, resilience and social cohesion in the country.

    The ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ on Thursday in Abuja.

    The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day. The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is “End Racism and Build Peace’’ and it is celebrated annually on Sept. 21. Phala said that globally,  almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated.

    “The ILO believes that employment, decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience, ’’she said.

    Phala also said that in collaboration with member states, tripartite constituents and other stakeholder, the ILO supports an employment-centered crisis.

    “In Nigeria, according to the United State Institute for Peace, the government of Nigeria  has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

    “Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta, increased agitation by pro-Biafra nationalists in the Southeast, conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt, and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices.

    “The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population.

    “As a result, achieving peace goes beyond military force alone.

    The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population, groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population, ’’she said.

    Phala  said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205) refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work.

    She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and tripartite social dialogue, non-discrimination, and equality at work, Labour Inspection, among others.

    Phala however, said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas.

    She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation.

    Also, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System.

    Ngige, represented by  Mrs Juliana Adebayo, Director, Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry, said the topic, “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System.

    “The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial  relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill, ‘’he said.

    He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal.

    He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as  the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment.  

    “Government has also realized that, social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony, decent work, income distribution, among other in the country.


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  •  The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige made Federal Government s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations he said ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS in paying lecturers salaries The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees They demanded that rather than its IPPIS government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people According to him the ruling is a win win for government for students for lecturers and for all Nigerians It is a no victor no vanquished You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU but you are here even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working We want to thank you for working and teaching your students the minister said He noted that pro chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget Since the House has showed interest now it is good and wonderful When they bring that proposal the Executive will not have any problem ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting For me they should do the needful and go back to the classroom the minister said Ngige said government would soon direct vice chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister
     The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige made Federal Government s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations he said ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS in paying lecturers salaries The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees They demanded that rather than its IPPIS government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people According to him the ruling is a win win for government for students for lecturers and for all Nigerians It is a no victor no vanquished You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU but you are here even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working We want to thank you for working and teaching your students the minister said He noted that pro chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget Since the House has showed interest now it is good and wonderful When they bring that proposal the Executive will not have any problem ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting For me they should do the needful and go back to the classroom the minister said Ngige said government would soon direct vice chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister
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    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister

    The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday’s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike.

    The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government.

    Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, made Federal Government’s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics.

    “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations,’’ he said.

    ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances.

    The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in paying lecturers’ salaries.

    The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees.

    They demanded that rather than its IPPIS, government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers.

    The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court’s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people.

    According to him, the ruling is a win-win for government, for students, for lecturers and for all Nigerians.

    “It is a no victor, no vanquished.

    “You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU, but you are here; even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working.

    “We want to thank you for working and teaching your students,’’ the minister said.

    He noted that pro-chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government’s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout.

    Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request.

    The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio.

    Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike.

    He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget.

    “Since the House has showed interest now, it is good and wonderful.

    When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem.

    “ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction.

    All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting.

    “For me, they should do the needful and go back to the classroom,’’ the minister said.

    Ngige said government would soon direct vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court.


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  •  The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour WDACL with theme Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour on Tuesday in Abuja Ngige recalled that in 2015 world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Target 8 7 in all its forms by 2025 According to him the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion According to him global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020 Sub Saharan Africa has seen 19 6 per cent of all African children in child labour and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world In Nigeria child labour has become a scourge Several children find themselves on the streets forced to make a living with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020 according to the ILO with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022 This of course will most certainly have massive implications in the near future However as a country we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace he said He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour respectively He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child with adoption by about 30 state governments He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige also said the National Steering Committee as well as State Steering Committees and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five year National Action Plan In spite of all these we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us he said The minister while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour According to him as we reflect on the progress being made so far let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions The outbreak of COVID 19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long term development and safety of children worldwide As a result families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions among others Also the households needing to employ various means for survival this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults he said He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis which could reduce the number of children in child labour He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash transfer Trader moni N power Home Grown School Feeding he said He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children Also Mrs Vanessa Phala the ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that in Nigeria not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria in collaboration with the ILO s tripartite partners has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan Others are the Nigeria s National Action Plan State Action Plans and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8 7 the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025 In addition over 100 pupils and students have received re enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future she said Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo Niger and Osun States with impacts beyond geographical boundaries According to her to sustain our interventions governments social partners the media others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer s contribution to health protection old age benefits employment injury scheme and other support systems she said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour
     The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour WDACL with theme Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour on Tuesday in Abuja Ngige recalled that in 2015 world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Target 8 7 in all its forms by 2025 According to him the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion According to him global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020 Sub Saharan Africa has seen 19 6 per cent of all African children in child labour and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world In Nigeria child labour has become a scourge Several children find themselves on the streets forced to make a living with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020 according to the ILO with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022 This of course will most certainly have massive implications in the near future However as a country we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace he said He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour respectively He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child with adoption by about 30 state governments He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige also said the National Steering Committee as well as State Steering Committees and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five year National Action Plan In spite of all these we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us he said The minister while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour According to him as we reflect on the progress being made so far let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions The outbreak of COVID 19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long term development and safety of children worldwide As a result families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions among others Also the households needing to employ various means for survival this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults he said He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis which could reduce the number of children in child labour He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash transfer Trader moni N power Home Grown School Feeding he said He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children Also Mrs Vanessa Phala the ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that in Nigeria not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria in collaboration with the ILO s tripartite partners has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan Others are the Nigeria s National Action Plan State Action Plans and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8 7 the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025 In addition over 100 pupils and students have received re enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future she said Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo Niger and Osun States with impacts beyond geographical boundaries According to her to sustain our interventions governments social partners the media others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer s contribution to health protection old age benefits employment injury scheme and other support systems she said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour
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    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour

    The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), with theme “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour’’, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Ngige recalled that in 2015, world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Target 8.7 in all its forms by 2025. According to him, the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

    He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion.

    According to him, global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise; with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020. “Sub-Saharan Africa has seen 19.6 per cent of all African children in child labour, and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work; this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world.

    “In Nigeria, child labour has become a scourge.

    Several children find themselves on the streets, forced to make a living, with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments.

    “Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020, according to the ILO, with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022. “This of course, will most certainly have massive implications in the near future.

    However, as a country, we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace,’’ he said.

    He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour, respectively.

    He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with adoption by about 30 state governments.

    He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour, Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    Ngige also said the National Steering Committee, as well as State Steering Committees, and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five-year National Action Plan. “In spite of all these, we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us,’’ he said.

    The minister, while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour.

    `According to him, as we reflect on the progress being made so far, let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions.

    “The outbreak of COVID-19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long-term development and safety of children worldwide.

    As a result, families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions, among others.

    “Also the households needing to employ various means for survival; this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income, exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults,’’ he said.

    He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis, which could reduce the number of children in child labour.

    He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria.

    “This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash-transfer, Trader moni, N-power, Home Grown School Feeding,’’ he said.

    He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children.

    Also, Mrs Vanessa Phala, the ILO Country Director to Nigeria, said that in Nigeria, not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour, and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work.

    “I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation’s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria, in collaboration with the ILO’s tripartite partners, has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan. “Others are the Nigeria’s National Action Plan, State Action Plans, and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7- the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025. “In addition, over 100 pupils and students have received re-enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future,’’ she said.

    Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children, guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo, Niger and Osun States, with impacts beyond geographical boundaries.

    According to her, to sustain our interventions, governments, social partners, the media, others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies, and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring.

    “There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour.

    “We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer’s contribution to health protection, old age benefits, employment injury scheme, and other support systems,’’ she said.

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  •  The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country Sen Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30 000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria that is why in many jurisdiction it is an adjustment of wages right now We as the Nigerian government we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages More importantly the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act right now has a clause for the review which we started then I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024 But before then the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU he said The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union which failed He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining CBA negotiation with their employers the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism According to him we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation No negotiation is forced You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike There are laws guiding strike There are ILO principles on right to strike Nobody can take it away But there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land It is written in Trade Dispute Act The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services There is also right to picket These are things that are done Nigeria is respected in ILO Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court No I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed he said Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice first on Feb 22 one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement Some people are saying 2009 agreement The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service which is their right It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education That kick started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment whoever it is if you don t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17 TDA 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria This means you would have failed in your function Therefore I had to transmit he said Ngige however said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court He said either of the parties involved the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody The pro chancellors said they want to do counter offer I told them to do it as quickly as possible Those are ingredients of labour relations It is not enough if you misinform your membership That should be a disservice We should read through things as it is and interpret same way If I leave them in education they will stay there two years Ngige said On the 40 years of NLC Ngige said A fool at 40 is a fool forever A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever NLC is a wise man forever nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige
     The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country Sen Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30 000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria that is why in many jurisdiction it is an adjustment of wages right now We as the Nigerian government we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages More importantly the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act right now has a clause for the review which we started then I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024 But before then the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU he said The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union which failed He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining CBA negotiation with their employers the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism According to him we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation No negotiation is forced You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike There are laws guiding strike There are ILO principles on right to strike Nobody can take it away But there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land It is written in Trade Dispute Act The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services There is also right to picket These are things that are done Nigeria is respected in ILO Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court No I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed he said Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice first on Feb 22 one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement Some people are saying 2009 agreement The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service which is their right It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education That kick started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment whoever it is if you don t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17 TDA 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria This means you would have failed in your function Therefore I had to transmit he said Ngige however said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court He said either of the parties involved the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody The pro chancellors said they want to do counter offer I told them to do it as quickly as possible Those are ingredients of labour relations It is not enough if you misinform your membership That should be a disservice We should read through things as it is and interpret same way If I leave them in education they will stay there two years Ngige said On the 40 years of NLC Ngige said A fool at 40 is a fool forever A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever NLC is a wise man forever nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige
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    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige

    The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country.

    Sen. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled, “Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles’’ on Monday in Abuja.

    Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30,000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated.

    “Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria, that is why in many jurisdiction, it is an adjustment of wages right now.

    “We as the Nigerian government, we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages.

    “More importantly, the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act, right now has a clause for the review, which we started then, I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024. “But before then, the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy,just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ‘’he said.

    The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed.

    Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union, which failed.

    He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining(CBA) negotiation with their employers, the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike.

    He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism.

    According to him, we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation.

    No negotiation is forced.

    You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike.

    “There are laws guiding strike.

    There are ILO principles on right to strike.

    Nobody can take it away.

    ”But, there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land.

    “It is written in Trade Dispute Act. The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services.

    There is also right to picket.

    These are things that are done.

    ”Nigeria is respected in ILO.

    Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court.

    No. I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed, ’’he said.

    Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice, first on Feb. 22, one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached, and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation.

    He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement.

    “Some people are saying 2009 agreement.

    The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement.

    “What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service, which is their right.

    It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education.

    “That kick-started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment, whoever it is, if you don’t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17, TDA, 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

    “This means you would have failed in your function.

    Therefore, I had to transmit, ’’he said.

    Ngige, however, said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court.

    He said either of the parties involved; the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement.

    He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody.

    “The pro-chancellors said they want to do counter offer.

    I told them to do it as quickly as possible.

    Those are ingredients of labour relations.

    “It is not enough if you misinform your membership.

    That should be a disservice.

    We should read through things as it is and interpret same way.

    If I leave them in education, they will stay there two years,’’Ngige said.

    On the 40 years of NLC, Ngige said: “A fool at 40 is a fool forever.

    A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever.

    NLC is a wise man forever.

    ”nanews.


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  •  The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige has condemned the recent attack on Sen Ifeanyi Ubah that claimed the lives of some of his aides and security agents Ngige said this in a statement signed by his Media Office and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja He described the attack as atrocious wicked and evil saying that it was a big setback to a relative calm restored to the state in the past few months He urged the security agencies to hunt down and bring the murderous perpetrators to justice According to him it was certainly a setback at a time many had thought reprieve has come from the dreadful darkness that lately enveloped our dear state However we must not allow that daylight horror to trip our determination to the cross hair of another cycle of tragedies Evil must not win Hence i charge the security agencies to double efforts to fish out the criminals as quickly as possible Ndi Anambra must not succumb to fear but rally round the government and the security agencies to track the criminals terrorising our state he said Ngige aslo extended his deepest condolences to Uba over the huge losses He added I thank God Almighty for sparing his life while also praying for His mercy on the families of his aides and security agents who lost their lives NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ngige condemns attack on Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah
     The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige has condemned the recent attack on Sen Ifeanyi Ubah that claimed the lives of some of his aides and security agents Ngige said this in a statement signed by his Media Office and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja He described the attack as atrocious wicked and evil saying that it was a big setback to a relative calm restored to the state in the past few months He urged the security agencies to hunt down and bring the murderous perpetrators to justice According to him it was certainly a setback at a time many had thought reprieve has come from the dreadful darkness that lately enveloped our dear state However we must not allow that daylight horror to trip our determination to the cross hair of another cycle of tragedies Evil must not win Hence i charge the security agencies to double efforts to fish out the criminals as quickly as possible Ndi Anambra must not succumb to fear but rally round the government and the security agencies to track the criminals terrorising our state he said Ngige aslo extended his deepest condolences to Uba over the huge losses He added I thank God Almighty for sparing his life while also praying for His mercy on the families of his aides and security agents who lost their lives NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ngige condemns attack on Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah
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    Ngige condemns attack on Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has condemned the recent  attack on Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah that claimed the lives of some of his aides and security agents.  

    Ngige said this in a statement signed by his Media Office and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.  

    He described the attack as “atrocious, wicked and evil”, saying that it was a big setback to a relative calm restored to the state in the past few months.  

    He urged the security agencies to ”hunt down and bring the murderous perpetrators to justice.

    ”     According to him, ”it was certainly a setback at a time  many had thought  reprieve has come from the dreadful darkness that lately enveloped our dear state.  

    “However, we must not allow that  daylight horror to trip  our determination to the cross-hair of another  cycle  of tragedies.

    Evil must not win.  

    “Hence, i charge the security agencies to double efforts to fish out the criminals  as quickly as possible .  

    “Ndi-Anambra must not succumb to fear but rally round the  government and the security agencies to track the  criminals terrorising our state, ’’he said.    

    Ngige aslo extended his deepest condolences to Uba over the huge losses.  

    He added: ” I  thank God Almighty for sparing his life while also praying  for His mercy on the families of his aides and security agents who lost their lives.


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