BREAKING: Finally, FG Bows To Pressure, Approves Eagle Square for Workers’ Day Celebration

  • Earlier, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) accused the federal government of denying it the use of the Eagle Square to mark the Workers’ Day celebration, while noting the celebration will be held on the streets of Abuja to deepen its reconnection with the people
  • Following the workers’ threat, FG made a u-turn and gave permission for the Labour Union to use Eagle Square to hold this year’s May Day celebration, slated for Monday, May 1st
  • Confirming the development, the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he had called his counterpart in the FCT ministry to resolve the issue

The Federal Government has finally reversed its decision on the disapproval of Eagle Square for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to hold its May Day celebration.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory had earlier withdrawn permission given to organised labour to use Eagle Square in Abuja for its May Day celebration.

NLC, federal government, May Day celebration
The federal government has granted NLC access to Eagle Square for its May Day celebration.
Photo credit: Nigeria Labour Congress HQ
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The withdrawal came barely three days to the celebration of International Workers’ Day on May 1. But the congress on Saturday, April 29, said it had resolved to hold its celebrations on the streets of Abuja following the authority’s withdrawal of access to the usual venue, The Cable reported.

Ngige reacts on behalf of FG and approves the venue for Workers’ Day celebration

Reacting to the development, the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he had called his counterpart in the FCT ministry to resolve the issue, Daily Trust reported on Sunday, April 30.

Ngige said when he contacted his colleague, the minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello, blamed the development on some overzealous officials.

He quoted Bello to have said that the overzealous officials were acting without his authority, adding that there was a minor communication gap between the FCDA, the Federal Government Transition Committee and the NLC.

Good news for civil servants as FG begins payment of 40% salary increase

Civil servants have confirmed the payment of the 40 percent salary increase promised by the federal government earlier in the year.

Accounts gathered by federal civil servants in Kwara state confirmed that they received the credit notification of an increase in their arrears on Saturday, April 22.

Further confirming this development, a senior civil servant in Kwara state who pleaded anonymity said the pay rise came alongside the April 2023 salary.

Lagos state govt declares work-free days, gives reason

Meanwhile, the Lagos state government declared a four-day work-free day for public servants to enable them to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2023 general election.

This was disclosed by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in a circular issued on Wednesday, January 18.

Muri-Okunola said the work-free days approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would commence on Tuesday, January 24, and end on Friday, January 27, 2023, for different grade levels of workers in the public service.


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