The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to suspend its planned protest over fuel and electricity price hikes.
A statement signed by the agency’s Assistant Director for Press, Paul Odenyi, on Thursday, urged the labour leaders in the country to continue engaging the government through dialogue.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Garba Abari, in a special message to the two main Labour unions urged their leaders to continue to avail themselves of the platforms for debate and negotiations provided by the government.
According to him, the measure is necessary, especially now when the government is making effort to reactivate the economy following the global economic slow-down occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “Calling for protests and strikes at this period hardly can help in the very difficult task of navigating the nation through the challenges thrown up by the impact of COVID19.”
The agency also appealed to Nigerians to come to terms with the economic realities of the time which requires aggressive revenue drive.
“The removal of unsustainable subsidies is a way of growing the economy and attracting the needed investment funds into the country.
“We should be talking about how to create jobs. This is the time to let private enterprises and investments determine the cost of goods and services in order to provide jobs and services in the country.
“What government is doing is simply to provide the environment for huge private sector investment in the oil and gas sectors and energy sub-sector,” he said.
The Director General also called on labour to inspire a new sense of productivity among workers that would ensure greater output and growth in the economy.