By Bewaji Emmanuel
Secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal in a recent statement on Tuesday evening said that the government will ensure the normal activities in the country and that workers and Nigerians as whole should proceed with their normal activities in the interest of the nation; any violent protest will be met with appropriate response by the security operatives.
The Federal government of Nigeria therefore advises workers not to disobey the law to participate in an iillegal demonstration or strike.
Also, all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies have been directed by the federal government to invoke the provision of “no work no pay” in respect of any staff who is absent.
Below is a recent release from the office of the Secretary to the government:
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE
GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
PROPOSED INDEFINITE STRIKE ACTION BY
THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS
The attention of all Public Officers is drawn to
the notice issued by the Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC) to embark on an indefinite
strike from Wednesday, 18th May, 2016.
This notice is regrettably given in spite of an
Order by the Industrial Court against the strike
Government, therefore, calls upon and advises
all workers to respect the laws of the land and
to desist from participating in an illegal strike
Government undertakes to guarantee the
safety of workers and their work places, and
expects that normal work will continue in the
interest of the nation.
Accordingly, security agencies have been
directed to ensure unimpeded access to
offices, work places and markets. Acts of
intimidation, harassment, including
barricading of gates, locking up of offices,
blocking of roads and preventing workers from
carrying out their lawful duties will be met with
appropriate response by the law enforcement
All workers, whether in public or private sector
are further reminded of the Trade Dispute Act,
2004, which provides that ‘where any worker
takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled
to any wages or remuneration for the period of
the strike and any such period shall not count
for the purpose of reckoning the period of
continuous employment and all rights
dependent on continuity of employment shall
be prejudicially affected accordingly’.
Accordingly, all Ministers, Permanent
Secretaries and Heads of Government
Agencies are hereby directed to invoke the
provision of ‘no work no pay’ in respect of any
staff who absents him or herself from work to
join the strike action.
Attendance registers are required to be opened
in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Engineer Babachir David Lawal
Secretary to the Government of the Federation
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