In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 28th, September, 2020

Full Textual content Of FG And Labour Agreements

Full Text Of FG And Labour Agreements

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JOINT COMMUNIQUE ON THE RESOLUTION OF TRADE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA (FGN) AND THE ORGANIZED LABOUR REPRESENTED BY THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) AND THE TRADE UNION CONGRESS (TUC) HELD AT THE STATE HOUSE BANQUET HALL ON SUNDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER 2020

 

A Bipartite Assembly between the FGN and the 2 Labour Centres – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Commerce Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC),

 

Having been convened on the Banquet Corridor, State Home, Abuja to debate rising labour points arising from latest value – reflective Electrical energy Tariff changes and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Trade,

 

Recognizing the general public outcry and protest over the latest Federal Authorities twin insurance policies on Electrical energy Tariff Reform and full implementation of deregulation of the downstream sector of the Nigerian Oil and Gasoline Trade ensuing within the deliberate nation-wide industrial motion by Organised Labour, Taking into account the spiral and destructive influence of COVID-19 pandemic on world economic system,

 

Additional taking into account that resulting from influence of COVID-19 pandemic the world is present process socio-economic transition which has affected worth stability, sustainability of enterprises, employment, and different socio-economic indices,

 

Acknowledging that the spiral and destructive influence of COVID-19 pandemic on the worldwide economic system has given rise to the necessity for a brand new socio-economic order,

Recognising the necessity to maintain enterprises for retention and creation of jobs in addition to sustainable development and growth,

 

Acknowledging the necessity for social concertation between the Federal Authorities and staff’ representatives, specifically the 2 Labour Centres – The NLC and TUC,

 

To assist within the dialogue and communication, the Federal Authorities aspect made displays to indicate the state of economic system and the drive behind the latest value – reflective Electrical energy Tariff changes and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Trade,

 

Bipartite assembly to handle and resolve the problems in dispute between the FG and Labour Centres had been held on September 15, 24, and 27, 2020,

 

After exhaustive deliberations on the problems raised by Labour Centres, the FGN said that it has long-established out palliatives that might ameliorate the sufferings that Nigerian staff could expertise because of the associated fee – reflective Electrical energy Tariff changes and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Trade. The palliatives can be within the areas of transport, energy, housing, agriculture and humanitarian help.

 

After thorough debates and negotiations on numerous points raised by all events, the next resolutions had been reached and mutually adopted:

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ELECTRICITY TARIFF REFORMS

 

The events agreed to arrange a Technical Committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Businesses, NLC and TUC, which is able to work for a length of two (2) weeks efficient Monday 28th September 2020, to look at: the justifications for the brand new coverage in view of the necessity for the validation of the premise for the brand new value reflective tariff because of the conflicting data from the fields which appeared completely different from the info offered to justify the brand new coverage by NERC; metering deployment, challenges, timeline for enormous roll – out.

The Technical Committee membership is as follows:

 

Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN – Hon. Minister of State Labour & Employment – Chairman

 

Mr Godwin Jedy-Agba – Hon. Minister of State Energy – Member

 

Prof. James Momoh – Chairman Nationwide Electrical energy Regulatory Fee – Member

 

Engr. Ahmad Rufai Zakari – SA to Mr. President on Infrastructure – Member/Secretary

 

Dr. Onoho’Omhen Ebhohimhen – Member (NLC)

 

Comrade Joe Ajaero – Member (NLC)

 

Comrade Chris Okonkwo – Member (TUC)

 

1no. Consultant of DISCOS – Member

 

The Phrases of Reference (ToR) are as follows:

 

To look at the justification for the brand new coverage on value – reflective Electrical energy Tariff changes.

To take a look at the completely different Electrical energy Distribution Firm (DISCOs) and their completely different electrical energy tariff vis-à-vis NERC order and mandate.

 

Study and advise Authorities on the problems which have hindered the deployment of the six million meters.

 

To look into the NERC Act below assessment with a view to increasing its illustration to incorporate organized labour.

 

The Technical sub – committee is to submit its report inside two (2) weeks. In the course of the two weeks, the DISCOs shall droop the applying of the associated fee – reflective Electrical energy Tariff changes.

 

The assembly additionally resolved that the next problems with concern to Labour needs to be handled as “stand – alone” gadgets:

 

The 40% stake of Authorities within the DISCO and the stake of staff to be mirrored within the composition of the DISCO’s Boards.

 

An all-inclusive and impartial assessment of the ability sector operations as offered within the privatization MOU to be undertaken earlier than the tip of the 12 months 2020, with Labour represented.

 

That going ahead, the moribund Nationwide Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) be inaugurated earlier than the tip of the 12 months 2020 to institutionalize the method of tripartism and socio dialogue on socio – financial and main labour issues to forestall disaster

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DOWNSTREAM SECTOR DEREGULATION

 

Consequent upon the vital assessment of the assorted challenges of the downstream sector of the Nigeria oil and fuel trade vis a vis the incalculable losses related to a subsidy regime the Nation has been incurring when it comes to, stifled development within the downstream sector, diminished human capital growth and big monetary leakages and flight. That is along with the dire monetary circumstances of the Federation that precludes any capacity to maintain any subsidy on PMS and making deregulation of PMS inevitable. Consequently, the Events agreed to the next:

 

All events agreed on the urgency for rising the native refining capability of the nation to cut back the overdependency on importation of petroleum merchandise to make sure vitality safety, scale back value of completed merchandise, enhance employment and enterprise alternatives for Nigerians.

 

To deal with (1) above, NNPC to expedite the rehabilitation of the nation’s 4 refineries situated in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna and to attain 50% completion for Port Harcourt by December 2021, whereas timelines and supply for Warri and Kaduna can be established by the inclusive Steering Committee.

 

To make sure Dedication and transparency to the processes and timelines of the rehabilitation train, the administration of NNPC has provided to combine the nationwide management of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Pure Gasoline Employees (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Pure Gasoline Senior Workers Affiliation (PENGASSAN) into the Steering Committee already established by the Company.

 

A Validation staff comprising the representatives of the NNPC, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Fee (ICRC), NUPENG and PENGASSAN can be established to observe progress of the rehabilitation of the refineries and the pipelines/strategic depots community and recommendation the Steering Committee periodically.

 

Submit rehabilitation, NNPC shall contain the PENGASSAN and NUPENG within the course of of building the operational mannequin of the Nation’s refineries.

 

The Federal Authorities will facilitate the supply of licensed modular and common refineries, involvement of upstream corporations in petroleum refining and establishing framework for financing within the downstream sector.

 

NNPC to expedite work on the Construct Function and Switch framework for the nation’s pipelines and strategic depots community for environment friendly transportation and distribution of Petroleum merchandise to match the supply timelines of the refineries as agreed.

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The Federal Authorities and its businesses to make sure supply of 1 million CNG/LPG AutoGas conversion kits, storage skids and meting out items below the Nigeria Gasoline Growth Programme by December 2021 to allow supply of cheaper transportation and energy gasoline. A Governance Construction that may embrace representatives of organized Labour shall be established for well timed supply.

 

GENERAL INTERVENTION

 

To cushion the impacts of the downstream sector deregulation and tariffs adjustment within the energy sector, the Federal Authorities will implement the next:

 

A certain amount to be unveiled by the FGN in two weeks’ time can be remoted from the Financial Sustainability Programme Intervention Fund and be accessed by Nigerian Employees with subsequent provision for 240,000 below the auspices of NLC and TUC for participation in agricultural ventures by means of the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture. The timeline can be fastened on the subsequent assembly.

 

Federal Authorities will facilitate the removing of tax on minimal wage as a means of cushioning the impacts of the coverage on the bottom weak.

 

Federal Authorities will make accessible to organized labour 133 CNG/LPG pushed mass transit buses instantly and supply to the foremost cities throughout the Nation on a scale up foundation thereafter to all States and Native Governments earlier than December 2021.

 

Housing: 10% be allotted to Nigerian staff below the continued Ministry of Housing and Finance initiative by means of the NLC and TUC.

 

Consequently, the NLC and TUC agreed to droop the deliberate industrial motion.

 

ORGANISED LABOUR;

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Ayuba Wabba, mni Quadri Olalaye

NLC PRESIDENT TUC PRESIDENT

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Emmanuel Ugboaja Musa Lawal Ozigi, mni Secretary Basic NLC Secretary Basic TUC

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Williams E. Akporeha Festus Osifo

NUPENG President PENGASSAN President

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Martin Uzoegwu Chris N. Okonkwo

President NUEE President, SSAEAC

 

FOR GOVERNMENT:

__________________ _______________________

Timipre Sylva Festus Keyamo, SAN

Hon. Min. of State Petroleum Hon. Min. of State Labour & Employment

__________________ _____________________

Alh Lai Mohammed Godwin Jedy-Agba

Hon. Min. of Data & Tradition Hon. Min. of State Energy

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Sen. (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, OON, MD.

Honourable Minister of Labour & Employment

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Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation

 

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