FG can’t implement many agreements with unions, says Ngige

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has stated that some of the agreements entered into by the Federal Government with various labour unions in the country were not implementable.

The minister hinged the constraint on the part of the Federal Government on the dwindling resources accruable to the country from the sale of the oil in the international arena.

Ngige who spoke when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by its President, Prof. Mike Ogirima however called for a review of some of the agreements in the interest of industrial peace and harmony in the country.

“I have gone through previous agreements and discovered that because budgetary provisions were not made for so many of the resolutions agreed upon with the past administrations, the present government finds it difficult to implement.

“I will therefore advise that previous agreements be revisited so that those that are practicable would be implemented now.

“The NMA being the topmost association in the health sector should engage in constant interface with affiliate bodies in other to achieve a holistic review of all previous agreements in a manner that reflects the nation’s present economic situation.

“We must face the reality that government earnings have plunged to about 25 per cent of what they were under previous administrations.” The minister told his guests.

He however challenged the NMA to restore the nobility of the medical profession for which civilizations equated doctors with being next to God, adding that the recent comment by the President that the image of the Nigerian doctors has fared badly of late was a source of concern.

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