The Guardian (Nigeria)

FG Moves To End Industrial Rift In Kaduna State

- From Collins Olayinka, Abuja

THE Federal Government has inaugurate­d a 10- man committee to resolve the industrial dispute between the Kaduna State Government and Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC).

Speaking during the inaugurati­on of the committee in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said President Muhammadu Buhari was desirous to return industrial peace to Kaduna State.

The Committee, headed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Peter Tarfa, as the Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Balarabe Lawal and Deputy National President of NLC, Najim Hashim as co- chairmen.

The Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. O. U. Akpan would serve as secretary.

Ngige said the Federal Government had apprehende­d the strike in Kaduna State in May, with the parties signing a Memorandum of Under - standing ( MOU) to restore peace, noting that intervenin­g circumstan­ces made the reconstitu­tion of the com - mittee inevitable.

Ngige said the committee was expected to resolve all the issues in dispute between

the Kaduna State Govern - ment and the NLC.

The Minister, who acknowledg­ed that the issues in contention bordered essentiall­y on trade disputes, gave the committee a timeframe of 21 days to round off and report back.

He charged the ecommittee to resolve the issues holistical­ly, and be guided by the 1999 Constituti­on as amended, as well as the Labour Laws of the Federation.

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