The Federal Government has scheduled a special meeting with representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, their affiliates, as well as members of Civil Society Organisations as one of the ways to end incessant industrial actions by workers.
The Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this in an interview with journalists after a meeting he held with President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, September 11, 2020.
Senator Ngige noted that at the meeting slated for Saturday, September 12, 2020, officials would disclose the true state of Government’s financial account to the labour leaders so that they can appreciate the challenges facing the Nation.
Channels TV reports that the Minister, who briefed the President on the recent strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors which was suspended on Thursday, September 10, 2020, said President Buhari had approved the meeting with the labour leaders; noting that “the electricity tariff as you know, the Electricity Regulatory Commission approved the increase based on certain electricity band R1 and R2”.
He added that: “The tripartite unions of university system including some colleges of education and some hospitals; Non-Academic Staff of Universities, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the National Association of Academic Technologists, we have invited them to a meeting. The leaders met with me last week and the major thrust of the challenges they have is on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system. They claimed and alleged that the IPPIS system is over deducting some line items like taxes, the Pay As You Earn taxes they claim the IPPIS system is charging more than they supposed to debit. They also claimed that some allowances that are peculiar to the university system like responsibility allowance, hazard allowance, field trip allowance and education of children allowance, that the IPPIS has stopped all of them. At the Government level, we have discussed and we now want to do a special session with them, they come with their facts and the Accountant-General will lead his team, the National Salaries and Incomes and Wages will also come and the Ministry of Labour will lead and then we discuss and find out who is treating the other unfairly.”