The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has revealed that the Federal Government’s meeting with the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), has been postponed.
Ngige said this while addressing newsmen; after members of the unions staged a walkout from the meeting, slated for 3:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 20, in Abuja.
Recall the meeting between the Federal Government and the unions was called at the instance of the minister; following the industrial action embarked upon by the unions.
Ngige said the meeting was suspended to enable the Federal Government’s negotiating team harmonise all issues; from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), reached separate meetings with stakeholders.
“There is no point rushing to have a meeting that will be fruitless.
“The Judiciary, the governors’ forum, and even the Presidency are involved in this negotiation; because the meeting held yesterday was at the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President.
“The arising documents are not yet properly harmonised. It will therefore not be fruitful to hold a negotiation where people speak from irreconcilable positions.
“It would not help us and it would not help the unions either.
“The reason is to ensure that the agreement reached at the end of our meeting here is put into action; with the timeline for implementation.
“So if we do not have a paper that is ready to go, then there will be no point for the talk shop,” Ngige explained.
He, however, noted that members of the unions were impatient; even when they were properly informed that he would not take long; he would round up the meeting he was having with the government team.
The minister listed members of the government team to include the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata, the Director-General of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Asishana-Bayo Okauru, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Sen. Ita Enang.
He, however, said the meeting would continue at a date to be announced soon.
“It is better done properly; so that the governors can implement whatever agreement we enter into.
“The governors hold the ace because they are sovereign in their respective states; though they are sub-nationals, they run the government of those states,” he said.