The Nigerian government has directed Dr Ganji Bello, Director-General, National Population Commission (NPC) to resume work on Monday, January 29.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour, gave the directive on Thursday at an intervention meeting on the industrial dispute which had grounded activities at the NPC in Abuja.
Ngige explained that the appointment of Bello by the president was in line with Section 171 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The meeting agreed that greater attention be paid to the clearance of the outstanding staff allowances such as repatriation, burial, duty tour, among others.
“It is, therefore, resolved to dedicate at least 20 per cent of the first quarter and subsequent overhead costs releases toward achieving this.
“It was further resolved that the commission should commit more effort toward staff capacity building in order to enhance productivity.
“The management of the commission was also mandated to urgently bridge the communication gap between it and staff”
“The meeting also resolved that the staff and unions in the commission through scheduled meetings should hold social dialogue to diffuse tension and tackle areas of differences,” he said.
He said the meeting resolved that the posting of a director to Lagos State by the Human Resources Directorate of the commission stands.
Ngige said it was resolved that the officer be allowed to assume duties and be given necessary support to discharge his responsibilities.
He added that any complaints on his discharge of duties should be communicated to the Chairman of the commission after an intervening period of three months.
Ngige, however, said that a committee had been set up to identify the commission’s landed property in Lagos and the accruable revenue from rent spanning a period last five years
He noted that the committee was expected to turn in its reports in two weeks.
“In the same vein, the unions are to take back the conclusions of the conciliation meeting to their respective members and workers in order to be apprised of the development and the outcome of the meeting.
“While a period of 60 days was given to all parties to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the agreement.
“The meeting resolved that no worker should be victimised or harassed for his or her role in the conciliated Trade Dispute,” he said.
In attendance were the Chairman of the commission, Eze Duru Ihuoma and the Director-General, Dr Ganji Bello.
Others were some NPC State Commissioners, Directors, leaders of the four Trade Unions in the commission, among others.