By Miriam Humbe
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari issued direct orders to drive growth, diversify the economy, create jobs, boost export and ultimately contribute to his promise of lifting 100 million people over the next 10 years.
He said that the Ministry was working assiduously towards achieving that mandate, stressing that “nothing can be achieved if the Unions refused to resolve their differences and come together as a team to move the Ministry forward”.
Adebayo disclosed this during a 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.
The delegation was led by the newly posted Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, in his office in Abuja.
The Minister also assured the Unions of his support, urging them to continue to work together with the new Permanent Secretary especially in the area of staff welfare and general wellbeing of the staff of the Ministry.
He further assured the Unions that the Ministry will take on board their 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.
The Minister of State, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum said “coming together by the unions is inevitable because I believe it is the Comrades that said ‘united we stand and divided we fall’ “.
She therefore, challenged them to come up with their strategic vision to move the Ministry forward, saying:“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 quota to national development”.
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 which they took an oath with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gwarzo added “that by the grace of God you will come out to be the best Ministers Mr. President ever brought on board”.
Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary promised to create an enabling working environment by investing in the welfare and general wellbeing of all staff of the Ministry.
He said: “I was told that one of the issues that we are going to face is the union but when I came here I realised that all of them have one thing in common, they have sincere mind set to move the Ministry forward”
Chairman of the Senior Civil Servants Association of Nigeria (SCSAN), Comrade Onwuyai Okonkwo, on behalf of the four Union bodies said, “today the union is a new rebirth of unionism in the Ministry. We are beginning with this Year on a fruitful note of reconciliation shown in Dr. Nasir Sani- Gwarzo”.
“We assure you that we will provide you with the right solutions to any issues concerning the Unions in the Ministry and one important recommendation we are making here is that the management should please request for a Resident Labour Desk Officer from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to assist the Management on Labour matters’’ he said.
The four Unions that came together as a team includes; Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Service (AUPCTRE), and the Nigerian Union of Public Service Reportorial Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers (NUPSRAW).