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Government cautions NLC against planned national protests over rumblings in economy

*Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, says the Labour Union’s planned industrial action could amount to contempt in view of a restraining order of a National Industrial Court of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) against the Union’s planned strike over the current  economic hardship affecting millions of Nigerian consumers.

Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice (HAGF), stated this in a letter sent to Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, NLC counsel, on the matter Friday, February 23, 2024.

Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice

Modupe Ogundoro, Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Justice, at the weekend, noted the Minister cautioned the Labour Union to shelve its planned nationwide protests slated for February 27 and February 28 this year.

The Minister noted: “Government has  substantially and reasonably complied with the items in the MoU and it is only appropriate and equitable for organised labour to engage more with government to ensure the full implementation of same, especially in the areas that have been inhibited by unforeseen challenges.”

According to him, the planned industrial action could amount to contempt in view of a restraining order of a National Industrial Court.

“The restraining order has neither been stayed nor set aside, therefore remains binding,” said he.

Fagbemi further explained that the planned protests  are premised on or connected with alleged non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with the Federal Government October 02, 2023.

The Minister also claimed the proposed nationwide protests are targeted at promoting issues connected with hike in fuel price and consequential matters of palliatives, workers welfare, and associated government policies.

According to the letter, the HAGF requested the Counsel to implore and enjoined his clients to “refrain from self-help by shelving the proposed protests which is antithetical to the mediatory engagements leading to the execution of the MoU, tantamount to undermining subsisting restraining court order, and occasioning disruption of public service, order and safety.”

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