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Rivers Govt Seals NLC Secretariat

A file picture of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.



The Rivers State authorities has sealed the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Although each events gave totally different the reason why the constructing was sealed, the closure was carried out by authorities officers on Sunday night time.

The Head Bureau for Special Projects and Special Adviser to the governor (Special Projects), Alabo George-Kelly, confirmed this in a press release forwarded to Channels Television on Monday.

Before the NLC secretariat was sealed, there have been reviews of disagreement between the state authorities and the organised labour over the failure to completely implement the brand new nationwide minimal wage of N30,000 for employees.

A file picture of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.


While the NLC management accused the federal government of sealing its secretariat due to the implementation of the minimal wage, George-Kelly disagreed.

He described the allegation by the labour physique as frivolous, saying it was not simply unfaithful but additionally a calculated try at deceptive the general public towards the real intentions of the federal government.

“As you may be aware, the NLC structure which was built pro bono by the Rivers State government for labour was completed and commissioned only a few months ago by the Bureau and it is our normal practice to carry out general inspections and structural integrity evaluation or tests before the expiration of the defects liability period.

“It is this activity that precedes the release of the five per cent retention fees due to any contractor six months or one year upon practical completion of the project. This is not new to every contractor or client in the construction industry,” George-Kelly mentioned.

According to him, the contractor of the undertaking reported to the bureau that there was a structural defect that have to be instantly fastened to keep away from additional deterioration or dangers of incidents.

The bureau chief mentioned they acted expeditiously by giving him the approval to conduct a radical structural integrity analysis in liaison with the bureau’s in-house consultants.

He careworn that this might solely be completed by first sealing off the constructing, including that it can’t be in use whereas the train was on.

George-Kelly, due to this fact, mentioned “It is uncharitable and ungrateful for anyone under the aegis of the NLC to misconstrue this exercise for a product of an imagined imbroglio between labour and government. This is sad!

“It is worthy to mention that the subject matter being discussed was graciously provided for the union, as a result, the cordial relationship that exists between labour and government and I’m not in doubt of the continuity of that cordiality.”

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