New code stops govt’s commitment to financial pacts



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has barred the Ministry of Labour and Productivity from committing the government into any financial agreements with labour unions without presidential approval. This policy is contained in the just released new code of conduct for government negotiators.

The new policy, the Presidency explained, is to avoid situations where government enters into agreements with trade unions without financial backing.

President Buhari, who gave the directive when he received briefing from the top management officials of the Labour Ministry led by its Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh, said government would take decisive steps towards boosting national productivity.

He directed Illoh and Directors in the Ministry of Labour to liaise with other stakeholders and quickly work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the national economy.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Illoh and his members of staff to make an input to ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons.

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