From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos
The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has appreciated the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, for securing the release of some of their members, who were arrested two weeks ago by government agents following the fracas that ensued in their headquarters leading to casualties.
Ibikunle Baruwa, who led a team of four members of the NURTW on a thank-you visit to the Minister, appreciated the efforts of both the Minister and Minister of State, Labour and Employment, in facilitating the release on bail of the affected members.
In a statement signed by Olajide Oshundun Director, Press and Public Relations Unit of the ministry on Monday in Abuja, said The Minister appreciated the visit and sued for peace between the two factions of the NURTW.
He maintained that industrial harmony remains key to the socio-economic development of any nation, and urged the Union to work in synergy with the Federal Government in moving the country forward.
Lalong noted that securing the release of the detained NURTW members was one of the demands of NLC at last week’s meeting between the Congress and the Ministers of Labour and Employment.
He assured them that the processes leading to the fulfilment of thehh other requests of the NLC, especially wage award, were on course, and would be concluded soon.
The Minister therefore, called on the NLC not to embark on their planned strike, and allow government work to resolve all pending issues.
In the same vein, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, appealed to the NURTW factions to maintain peace, as the Ministry wades into their dispute for amicable resolution.