The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has urged oil sector workers and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) members to always dialogue with the concerned authorities before embarking on strike in 2017.
The group made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, jointly signed by its Coordinator and Secretary, Muhammadu Labbo and Cassidy Madueke, respectively.
BMSG said workers’ strike in 2017, especially in its early part, would not advance the country’s economic recovery and growth which President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet were committed to.
“While BMSG sympathises with the aggrieved unions on their grievances as critical stakeholders, we also urge them to endeavour to help Nigerians.
“They should allow Nigerians to enjoy a happy new year and not an unhappy one of strikes and truncated social services,’’ the group said.
BMSG then called on members and leaders of the affected unions to accept dialogue with the concerned authorities and allow peace to reign in the new year.
The group also called on Nigerians to be hopeful that the country’s circumstances would improve significantly in 2017.
“Though the year 2016 was tough for everyone, but it was a year which the Buhari administration used to lay the foundation of economic prosperity and self-reliance in 2017 and beyond.’’
BMSG pointed out that President Buhari has already assured that Nigerians would have cause to be happy in the new year.
The statement added that government’s efforts to lay a solid foundation has been captured in the 2017 national budget, which has been labelled “budget of recovery and growth”.
“In line with this, it is therefore the duty of all Nigerians to work in conjunction with the government to ensure that growth and recovery take place in 2017,’’ the group added.