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Parliamentary workers walk out on Ngige, apologise

According to the statement, the minister accepted the apology, and the conciliation meeting will resume soon.

• May 7, 2021
Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour Chris Ngige

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has apologised to Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, after walking out on him.

The National President of the union, Mohammed Usman, revealed this in a letter addressed to Mr Ngige on Thursday in Abuja.

In a statement, Charles Akpan, the ministry’s Deputy Director, Head, Press and Public Relations, disclosed the letter’s content.

PASAN, on April 20, staged a walkout at the meeting called by the minister, including the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, to resolve the ongoing strike by the unions.

The leaders of both unions were angry that a meeting slated for 3:00 p.m. had not begun by 4:35 p.m. The unionists then staged a walkout chanting solidarity songs.

Mr Mohammed had appealed to the minister to disregard the discourteous conduct and continue with the conciliation.

He noted that the walkout was not meant to spite Mr Ngige but a move to drive home their agitations.

“PASAN, after wide consultations and interventions by well-meaning Nigerians, wishes to tender an apology to you.

“PASAN withdraws that particular action and the attendant inconveniences to the minister.

“Therefore, we urge you to continue with the conciliation meetings which you have graciously commenced, and we promise to avail ourselves again whenever requested,” he said.

According to the statement, the minister accepted the apology, and the conciliation meeting will resume soon.

(NAN)

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