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Unions reject panel’s draft report on dispute with CCB


Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment.

The crisis rocking the Code of Conduct Bureau has continued to generate controversies, as unions and the Federal Government are yet to reach compromise. The unions had faulted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, for attempting to compel them to compromise their position over what they described as illegal reinstatement of the Acting Secretary, Mrs. Folasade A. Kolawole.

According to the unions, the Bureau has been in comatose since October 2017, when the erstwhile Acting SGF, Dr. (Mrs.) Habiba Lawan, allegedly reinstated Kolawole, who they stated, voluntarily retired from the Bureau as a director in April 2017.

The Secretary, Joint Negotiation Council, CCB Unit, Ochigbo Edwin, who spoke on behalf of the unions, faulted alleged purported report of the Federal Government inter-ministerial committee set up early in May to look into the crisis.

“The report is completely doctored and never reflected any discussions at the level of the committee,” he said.However, the SGF office yesterday described the allegation of doctoring the committee’s report as figment of the unions’ imagination.

It also flayed the unions for smuggling a draft that was yet to be agreed upon or signed. The SGF office, which urged the unions to disabuse their minds so that peace can be restored to the Bureau, said the committee would be meeting today to deliberate on the draft report. It blamed them for locking up some of the offices thereby preventing management operations.“In a situation where the unions are not pleased with the report, the next action should be for them to write a minority report,” the office said.

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