The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed pleasure over the exit of Prof. Bart Nnaji as Minister of Power.
In a statement signed by Chris Uyot, its Acting General Secretary, the NLC said Prof. Nnaji was “a major problem to renewed effort aimed at reactivating the power sector having compromised the Office of the Honourable Minister of Power with his personal business interests, and being oblivious and a stumbling block to industrial peace and harmony in the industry.”
It called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately institute a thorough investigation into Nnaji’s tenure, citing the former Minister’s financial recklessness, high handedness and diversion of major businesses meant for PHCN to his private companies as well as companies he has vested interests.
“We also call on Mr. President to create an atmosphere of fairness and justice for speedy resolution of all outstanding labour matters in the process of disengaging some PHCN employees, which Prof. Nnaji stalled before his exit,” the statement said.
While the issue of severance benefits is not one that cannot be resolved through dialogue, the union said Prof. Nnaji chose to heat up the system by blocking every avenue for dialogue and inviting armed military personnel to intimidate workers under spurious pretences. It expressed the hope that the ongoing dialogue between labour and government will resolve those issues as quickly as possible if the government is willing to accept meaningful dialogue in appreciation of the Condition of Service of the workers.