THE federal government has constituted a 15-man technical committee to consider suggestions and contributions from relevant parties on how to implement the N500 billion social investments in the 2016 budget as palliatives to cushion the effect of the petrol price increase.
The committee headed by Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, is part of the agreement reached between the government, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, and the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
A statement by Samuel Olowookere, deputy director in the ministry of labour and employment, said the trade unions will provide seven members of the committee with TUC and the Ayuba Wabba-led NLC providing five members. The Ajaero-led faction will provide two members.
The government’s representatives on the committee are minister of state for petroleum resources, minister of budget and national planning, minister of finance, minister of solid minerals, chairman, national salaries, income and wages commission, representative of office of the head of service of the federation and the office of the secretary to the government of the federation.
The statement said, “Based on the above efforts by all concerned parties, all industrial actions by members of the NLC and TUC shall be stayed in order to provide a conducive industrial relations atmosphere for the effective and efficient implementation of the Federal Government’s policies to realise the targeted goals and objectives.”
The statement asked the affected trade unions to submit all their nominees before close of work to enable their inauguration on Monday, May 23. The committee is expected to submit its report within two weeks.
— May 30, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT