The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, heartily congratulates the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige on his re-appointment by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FRN). Retaining him by the administration is a proof of his commitment and contribution to the ministry, workers and the nation at large.
While we commend the President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for the appointment we must not fail to draw his attention to the wide range of challenges confronting the labour movement in Nigeria. The ministry under his watch must as a matter of urgency brace up for the task ahead. It is imperative to state here that we are not happy that months after the new minimum wage was approved by the Federal Government the issue is still foot-dragging over parity. His presence must make a difference.
Other hurting issues include; casualisation, outsourcing, pension, etc. The strength of any union is their number unfortunately our members are losing jobs in droves. This has to be checked if we must put a stall to acts of criminality. Posterity will be fare to him if he protects and creates more jobs instead of losing the existing ones. We must not forget that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
There are serious task ahead but we shall continue to count and trust in his wisdom, adroitness and proficiency to provide the mida’s touch needed to positively turn around the ministry for the good of all. We urge him to work to review our labour law to curb the excesses of employers who are deeply involved in anti-labour practices. They must be adequately punished to deter others from embarking on such a predatory venture. These and more we ask for.
Comrade Quadri A. Olaleye
Comrade (Barr.) Musa-Lawal Ozigi, mni
Secreatary General, TUC