The Chairman, Governing Council of the
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, (NIPC), Rt. Hon. Babangida S.M. Nguroje is pleading with the Staff Union to kindly end the industrial action embarked upon earlier and embrace dialogue.
A statement signed by the Council Chairman said that this will provide room for sincere deliberation, listing any grievances and provision of timelines for resolving such identified issues.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the industrial action crippled business in the Commission in the past few days leading to breakdown of activities in the Commission including that of the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) and the One Stop Investment Centre (OSIC).
The Governing Council said it is ready to listen to all issues that may require its deliberation, intervention and further consideration in the shortest possible period in order to end the imbalances between Management and Union.
Nguroje said: “The total lockdown of the NIPC premises does not depict that of the leading image building champion of the country.
“The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) which is mandated to amongst other things encourage, promote and coordinate investments in Nigeria, should be seen to specifically proactively project attractive investment image of Nigeria to the world at all times.
“The Governing Council is fully aware of the issues raised by the leadership of the Union and is saddened by this development, given that both Council and the NIPC Management have been working assiduously to resolve the issues, most of which have already been resolved and implemented, while others are at various stages of resolution in consultation with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The Council is also committed to continuing to work with relevant Stakeholders to consolidate the record initiatives and achievements made by the Commission in the past few years.
“Accordingly, and as the apex body of the Commission, we swiftly call on the Management and Union to as a matter of call to national service, continue to engage in dialogue to deliberate and collectively work towards resolving all lingering issues.
“With the enormous responsibility bestowed on us by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, we shall continue to work very closely with all Stakeholders that will ensure a harmonious working environment for staff of the Commission for effective delivery of services to both domestic and foreign investors.”