30-Day Implementation Plan For Labour Agreement Approved By FEC

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC), has agreed to the 30-day timeline for implementation of the recently inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Government and Organised Labour concerning the removal of fuel subsidies and its impact on Nigerian workers.

Speaking at a press briefing after the FEC meeting on Monday, Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon Simon Lalong, explained the key developments. Lalong highlighted the presentation of the MoU’s implementation plan, which covers 15 specific areas of agreement.

One noteworthy aspect of this agreement is its legal validity, as it will be filed in a court of law. In addition, the presidential seal of approval was granted by the Federal Executive Council, the highest authority in this regard.

The 30-day implementation period was a crucial point of focus during the presentation. Within this timeframe, concrete evidence of progress is expected to be presented. The government and labor are committed to fostering harmonious industrial relations as they embark on the agreement’s implementation.

Regarding item six of the MoU, which addresses alleged government interference in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Minister Lalong stated that discussions with various factions had already begun. They are working toward resolving the issues within the agreed timeframe.

Furthermore, during the FEC meeting, Minister of Works, Umahi, presented a memo on road infrastructure, particularly addressing the completion of inherited projects and new road proposals. Strategies for sourcing funds were discussed, including the redesigning of projects with a focus on concrete pavements to mitigate inflation and variations.

The council also approved the construction of the coastal road spanning from Lagos to Calabar and Sokoto to Ogoja, with a specific procurement and financing approach.

Also, several roads that were started in the past administration were approved for concessioning, with financial closure expected in November. Notably, one road, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta, was handed over to the Ogun State government. This was done at the request of the state, and they will manage it through the Hardware Development Management Initiative (HDMI).

The FEC gave the approval to concession 25 new roads under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, which can be a lengthy process. The PPP approach for Ijora Park in Lagos was approved, which had been initiated during the previous administration and was awarded to Beta Nigeria Ltd.

The consultancy for projects funded by the NNPC and FIRS was also granted approval during the FEC meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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