Minister tasks Unions on collaboration

Jennifer Inah, Abuja


The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Richard Adeniyi Adebayo has called on Unions under the Ministry to work together to move the ministry forward.

Mr Adebayo made the call during meeting with Leadership of the four Union bodies of the Ministry who resolved their differences and came together as a team to support the Ministers to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.

He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari gave them a marching order to drive growth, diversify the economy, create jobs, boost export and ultimately contribute to the promise of lifting 100 million people over the next 10 years and the Ministry is working towards that direction in achieving that mandate.

According to him, “nothing can be achieved if the Unions refuse to resolve their differences and come together as a team to move the Ministry forward”.

The Minister also assured the Union bodies of his support and urged them to continue to work together with the New Permanent Secretary more especially in area of Staff Welfare as well as general wellbeing of the staff working in the Ministry.

“The Ministry will take on board your suggestions on the need to have a Resident Labour Desk Officer from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to assist the Management on Labour matters,” he added.

Achieving Progress
The Minister of State, Amb. Mariam Katagum stated that the unity of the Unions is inevitable in achieving progress in the Ministry.

She also challenged them to come up with their strategic vision to move the Ministry forward.

“Now that you have a brand new Permanent Secretary, you should be able to extract whatever you need to help him get motivated to make you happy so that you can contribute your quarter to the national development.” she added.

Also, the Permanent Secretary Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo who led the Union bodies pledged to put in his best to support the Ministers to achieve their agenda.

“By the grace of God you will come out to be the best Honourable Ministers Mr. President ever brought on board,” he stated.

The Chairman of the Senior Civil Servant Association of Nigeria (SCSAN), Comrade Onwuyai Okonkwo, on behalf of the four Union bodies said, there is a new rebirth of unionism in the Ministry adding that 2020 is beginning on a fruitful note of reconciliation.