Organised labour don’t know Nigeria is broke; we’ll show them – Ngige

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says organised labour keeps embarking on strike action because they are unaware of the true state of government finances.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore approved a special meeting to show them.

According to the minister, the special meeting will have representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), their affiliates as well as members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in attendance.

Ngige disclosed this in a chat with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting with the president on Friday.

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“The President has approved for us to have a bigger government side meeting with the organised labour.

“All government institutions that have to do with the finances of government will join us to meet with them and show them the books.

“So, the invitation is going out to them this afternoon (Friday), the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and their affiliates or supporters and friends in the Civil Society Organisations.

“The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday), so, I will relate more with the Chief of Staff to the President and the leadership of the unions today so that we do this meeting tomorrow.

“At the meeting, government finances, challenges and everything will be laid bare on the table. They will also table their own fears and what they think is also good for the Nigerian people especially the workers, so that we look at them,” Ngige said.

Ngige had visited the Presidential Villa to meet with President Buhari over the strike action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) which was suspended on Thursday.

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