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Incessant strikes worry Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja said his administration was committed to boosting national productivity.

The President, in a statement in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Sheu, expressed concern about incessant strikes by workers.

He said steps would be taken to end incessant strikes by workers in the country.

According to the statement, at a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and directors of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Buhari said he was particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in Nigeria’s health sector.

This, he said, had contributed to the fall in the standard of health services in the country.

The President directed the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh, and directors in the Ministry of Labour to liaise with other stakeholders.

He said they should work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the economy.

Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Illoh and his staff to make an input to ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons.

Illoh had earlier attributed some of the recurrent strikes in the country to some government officials who entered agreements with financial implications without carrying the ministries of finance and labour along.

He said the Ministry of Labour had introduced a Code of Conduct for government negotiators barring them from entering into agreements with financial implications without the consent of the President.