NLC Hails Nnaji’s Exit as Power Minister, Calls for Resolution of Outstanding Labour Matters
Labour unions under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has expressed delighted over the exit of former minister of power, Prof. Bart Nnaji. He resigned his position on Tuesday evening amidst controversies and corruption allegations.
The NLC in a press statement signed by its Acting General Secretary of the NLC, Chris Uyot on Wednesday described Nnaji as ”a major problem to renewed efforts aimed at reactivating the power sector having compromised the Office of the Honourable Minister of Power with his personal business interests, and being oblivious and a stumbling block to industrial peace and harmony in the industry”.
Mr Uyot, said reports about the former minister’s record of “financial recklessness, high handedness and diversion of major business meant for PHCN to his private companies as well as companies he has vested interests” were public knowledge all along.
The Union asked President Goodluck Jonathan to direct relevant agencies to commence investigation into the corruption allegations against the former minister and demands that all outstanding labour matters in the power sector be resolved without delay ”The contentious issue of severance benefits is never an issue that cannot be resolved through dialogue, but Nnaji chose to heat up the system by blocking every avenue for dialogue and invited armed military personnel to intimidate workers under spurious pretences.”
“We believe the ongoing dialogue between labour and government will resolve these issues as quickly as possible if government is willing to accept meaningful dialogue in appreciation of the Condition of Service of the workers”, the statement added.
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