The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), has appreciated the Minister of Labour and Employment, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, for securing the release of some of their members, who were arrested two weeks ago by government agents following the fracas that ensued in their headquarters leading to casualties.
This came in a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations Unit Officer, Olajide Oshundun, recently and made available to THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Alhaji Ibikunle Baruwa, who led a team of members of the NURTW on a thank-you visit to the minister, appreciated the efforts of both the Minister and Minister of State, Labour and Employment, in facilitating the release on bail of the affected members. The Minister appreciated the visit and sued for peace between the two factions of the NURTW.
Lalong maintained that industrial harmony remains key to the socio-economic development of any nation, and urged the union to work in synergy with the Federal Government in moving the country forward.
He said, “Securing the release of the detained NURTW members was one of the demands of NLC at last week’s meeting. And as Minister of Labour and Employment, it is incumbent on us to listen to the cry of our citizens.
“I would like to assure you that the processes leading to the fulfilment of the other requests of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), especially wage award, are on course and would be concluded soon”, he assured.
The minister, therefore called on the NLC not to embark on their planned strike, and allow government work to resolve all pending issues.
On her part, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, appealed to the NURTW factions to maintain peace as the ministry wades into their dispute for amicable resolution.