The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Labour, Employment, and Productivity, Hon. Adegboyega Adefarati, has made an earnest plea to the organized labour unions (NLC and TUC) to reconsider their decision to embark on a nationwide strike and protest on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.
Representing Akoko South West/South East federal constituency, Adefarati expressed deep concern about the potential adverse impacts the industrial action could have on ordinary Nigerians, particularly those already grappling with economic hardships.
During a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the lawmaker emphasized that both President Bola Tinubu and the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abass, are fully aware of the prevailing circumstances.
Adefarati highlighted the need for the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to consider the plight of Nigerians while pursuing their demands. He stressed the importance of finding a balanced approach that takes into account the welfare of doctors as well as the well-being of the general populace.
Assuring the public that the government is actively addressing the relevant issues comprehensively, Adefarati made a strong appeal to organized labour to reconsider their planned protest and opt for negotiation and dialogue instead.
He said, “A stable industrial and harmonious relationship is vital for development. We appeal to them to shelve the idea and wait for the outcome of the meeting. I believe it will be a win-win situation for the country, even for the workers.
“The House Committee Chairman assured that any agreements reached will receive swift and prompt action from the House of Representatives, emphasizing their commitment to serve the people.
Regarding the issue of subsidy removal, Adefarati remarked, “Subsidy has been a scam, and the only way to curb it was to remove it in the interest of our people. If there is no pain, there is no gain.
“He praised the efforts of the Speaker, Tajudeen Abass, for engaging with the National Association of Resident Doctors and advocating for dialogue and negotiation instead of resorting to a strike.
Adefarati urged everyone to focus on finding necessary solutions to improve social services in areas such as education, transportation, and health, in order to move the country forward.
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