Following the threat by the Association of Senior Civil Servants in the Ministry of Industry to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike over the abuse of the schemes of service structured to give public service purpose of professionalism, the House of Representatives yesterday referred the matter to the committee on labour, employment and productivity (when constituted) to intervene and resolve the dispute amicably. Other reasons for the strike
as contained in a petition to the Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara with reference no ASCSN/ABJ/FMm/VOL. II/57 includes; seeming failure to enforce discipline by the permanent secretary of the ministry and the illegal deployment of one Mr. Adekunle Adeyemi as director to ministry of water by the Head of Service amongst others.
The resolution followed a motion raised as an urgent matter of public importance entitled “need to resolve the trade dispute in the federal ministry of industry, trade and investment brought pursuant to order 8 rule 46 of the standing orders of the House of Representatives” sponsored by Hon. Akinlaja Joseph.
He expressed concern that the strike if embarked on would have negative implications on the nation’s economy adding that the availability of certain goods and services will increase in demand and consequently inflation.
“The nationwide strike action would negatively affect the foreign direct investment (FDI) because investors may begin to have distrust in the system.
“Manpower can be affected by such strike action thereby increasing poverty level, “the lawmaker said.
He worried that should the workers embark on the strike, it would lead to a break down in law and order.
The motion which was unanimously adopted by the House and presided over by its Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara mandated the committee to engage all affected parties in accordance with the rule of law.
The committee is to report to the House within 14 days.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja