Attorney General Urges Organized Labour to Respect Court Order and Engage in Negotiations

By Mohammed Bello Doka

In a recent development, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, has called upon the organised labour to adhere to the order issued by the National Industrial Court on June5. The order restrains both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from initiating any industrial action concerning fuel subsidy removal and related matters.

In a letter dated September26, addressed to Femi Falana (SAN), the lawyer representing the NLC and TUC, Fagbemi argued that the planned indefinite strike by the labour bodies, scheduled to begin on October3, would be a violation of the existing court order. He emphasized that such action would not only disregard the dignity and integrity of the court but also hinder the ongoing negotiations aimed at addressing the challenges associated with fuel subsidy removal.

The AGF urged Falana to use his influence to persuade his clients to respect the court's order and create an environment conducive to continued negotiations between all parties involved. Fagbemi highlighted that the communique issued by the NLC after the court order demonstrated a lack of regard for the legal process and the importance of constructive dialogue.

The AGF's plea comes at a critical juncture when the nation is grappling with the complexities of fuel subsidy removal. The government and labour unions have been engaged in discussions to find a mutually beneficial solution to this pressing issue. The AGF's intervention seeks to ensure that these negotiations can proceed unhindered, allowing for a comprehensive resolution that takes into account the concerns of all stakeholders.

As the nation eagerly awaits the outcome of these negotiations, it remains to be seen whether the organised labour will heed the AGF's call to respect the court order and actively participate in the ongoing talks. The hope is that through constructive engagement, a viable solution can be reached, ensuring a stable and prosperous future for all.

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