The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has expressed its heartfelt appreciation to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, for his instrumental role in securing the release of several of their members, who had been detained by government authorities for the past two weeks.
Alhaji Ibikunle Baruwa, leading a delegation of four NURTW members, paid a visit to the Minister to convey their gratitude for the concerted efforts made by the Minister and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment. Their efforts had resulted in the members being granted bail, and this gesture did not go unnoticed.
In response to the visit, Minister Lalong expressed his appreciation and urged for reconciliation and peace within the NURTW, emphasizing that harmonious industrial relations were pivotal to a nation’s socio-economic development. He urged the Union to collaborate closely with the Federal Government to advance the country’s progress.
Minister Lalong further mentioned that the release of the detained NURTW members had been one of the demands presented by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) during their recent meeting with the Ministers of Labour and Employment. He assured them that the government was diligently working to fulfill other NLC requests, particularly regarding wage awards, which were progressing smoothly and would soon reach a resolution.
The Minister appealed to the NLC not to proceed with their planned strike, emphasizing that the government was dedicated to resolving all pending issues through ongoing negotiations.
Similarly, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, implored the various factions within the NURTW to maintain peace and cooperation as the Ministry intervenes in their dispute with the aim of achieving a harmonious and amicable resolution.