In order to avert a nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, on Monday met with the leadership of the Congress.
The NLC leadership had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the naira scarcity in the country. NLC President, Joe Ajaero had threatened that the Congress would go on strike if the issue was not resolved at the expiration of the ultimatum.
Ngige subsequently invited the apex bank leadership and the NLC to a meeting on Monday to resolve the matter
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun.
“The ten-man delegation of the NLC was led by the President, Comrade Joe Ajaero and the General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja while the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele was accompanied by two Deputy Governors, Kingsley Obiora (Economic Policy) and Ade Shonubi (Organised Private Sector),” the statement read.
In his remarks, the minister refuted the allegation of the NLC that his ministry did nothing about the matter.
He said on receiving the letter from NLC, he forwarded the same to the CBN governor before travelling out of the country for an International Labour Organisation (ILO) Governing Board meeting and directed the Permanent Secretary and Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department to follow up.