FG committed to end strike in education sector – Dr. Illoh

THE Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and production, Dr. Clement lloh has assured stakeholders in the education sector that the Federal Government (FG) is committed to end strikes in the education sector. Speaking during the 4th National Delegates’ Conference of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria polytechnics (SSAN) held at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, he noted that “the Nigerian education Sector is one sector that has been bedeviled with unnecessary strike and labour unrest in recent time.

Adding “This may be attributed to breakdown of internal organizational machinery for negotiating and implanting collective and procedural agreement within the sector as well as the nagging issue of funding of education”. Assuring that “Under the present dispensation of government, a drastic change in that state of affairs is expected to soon begin to hold sway.

He revealed the commitment of the government to enthrone decent work in all workplaces in Nigeria, with a view towards the attainment of the four strategic objectives of the international labour organization; Decent Work Agenda, which he named as: job creation, social protection and social dialogue with gender equality as cross-cutting objective.

Adding that ‘Government shall likewise continue to provide the enabling environment for sustainable national growth and social- economic development, notwithstanding the nation’s dwindling fortunes attributable to the current unprecedented drop in global crude oil prices, he continued.

Dr. Illoh also stated that the government through the Ministry of Labour and productivity would remain irrevocably committed to the exercise of its mandate of formulating and implementing strategies that ensure and nurture industrial peace and harmony in the country. He listed these strategies as “the enforcement of provision of the extant legal formulation of policy on Trade union organization, settlement of trade despite through mediation count for adjudication.