Labour Should Be Thankful To God That We Are Not In Military Regime’ – Presidency

In the wake of the recently lifted nationwide strike, the Nigerian government has called on organized labor to express gratitude for the freedoms afforded by the country’s civilian regime.

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Bayo Onanuga, President Bola Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, pointed out that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) enjoy considerable latitude for expression and action under the current democratic system.

 

Speaking on TVC, Onanuga criticized labor unions for shutting down critical infrastructure like airports and the national power grid as part of their strike efforts.

 

“Labor should view itself as a partner with the Federal Government, not as an adversary,” Onanuga stated. “They should be thankful that we are in a civilian regime that allows for freedom of expression, rather than a military dictatorship.”

 

Onanuga argued that labor’s actions in disrupting airports and the power grid went too far, saying “You’re not supposed to shut down the airports on everyone else. Joining the strike should be voluntary.”

 

He appealed to labor to be more responsible in their demands and reactions, stating that their initial request for a ₦494,000 minimum wage was “unrealistic.”

 

However, the government has reaffirmed its commitment to raising the minimum wage beyond the originally proposed ₦60,000 figure. Negotiations are ongoing between the federal government and labor unions to find a mutually agreeable resolution.

 

After reaching an agreement to raise the minimum wage and continue talks, the nationwide strike called by organized labor was ultimately called off.

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