The Nigerian Federal Government urged the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to honour a court directive and abandon the planned strike.
The unions had announced a nationwide strike following an assault on the NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State, despite an ex-parte application by the Federal Government and the Minister of Justice to halt the strike.
Despite the Court President’s ruling citing specific sections of the National Industrial Court Act to stop the strike, the labour leaders remained firm on their decision to strike. Kamarudeen Ogundele, the Special Assistant Communication and Publicity to the AGF and Minister of Justice, warned the union leaders that defying the court order would result in contempt of court.
The statement read, “We wish to remind the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress that there is a subsisting court order stopping the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike.
“The interim order was granted on November 10 by the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice B. B. Kanyip.
“The unions have been served the court order and, therefore, must surrender themselves to the authority of the court which is already seized with the facts of the case.
“Any action taken contrary to the order will be tantamount to contempt of court.
“We use this medium to urge the unions to respect the court order and adhere to the principle of the rule of law. There is no need to resort to self-help.
“We urge workers to report for duties and not to entertain any fear as their safety is guaranteed and will be protected within the ambit of law. “
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