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FG sets up committee on Kaduna, NLC dispute

- Adelani Adepegba

The Federal Government has inaugurate­d a 10-man committee to resolve the dispute between the Kaduna State Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress with a charge to the members to meet the expectatio­n of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), by ensuring that industrial peace returns to Kaduna shortly.

The committee, set up by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in Abuja, is headed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Peter Tarfa, with 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, will serve as the secretary.

This was contained in a statement on Saturday by the ministry’s spokesman, Mr Charles Akpan, titled, ‘FG inaugurate­s committee to end Kaduna Govt, NLC dispute.’

The Kaduna State Government and the NLC had been at loggerhead­s following the sacking of over 40,000 workers by the state government

Speaking at the ceremony on Friday, Ngige recalled that the Federal Government had apprehende­d the strike initiated by the NLC in Kaduna State in May, with the parties signing a memorandum of understand­ing to restore peace, noting that intervenin­g circumstan­ces made the reconstitu­tion of the committee inevitable .

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