Set to constitute caretaker committee
Following the continued rancour in the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria, PMAN, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity has waded into the party with a view to settle all parties once and for all time.
PMAN in a statement in Abuja revealed that the ministry has applied to the Federal High Court Lagos to vacate the Court Order Form 48 from the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Lagos Judicial Division.
The realisation of this order will enable the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to carry out its statutory responsibility in furtherance of the provisions of the Trade Dispute Act, CAP T8, LFN 2004.
The decision to set up the committee was reached recently at a conciliatory meeting between the ministry and various factions of PMAN.
Speaking during the meeting, the director, trade union services and industrial relations, Mrs Chinedu Dike revealed that the provision of section 2 of the Trade Union Dispute Act, CAP. T8, LFN 2004 has ousted the jurisdiction of civil courts in trade union matters, and conferred same jurisdiction on the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN.
In her remarks, the Registrar of Trade Unions Mrs Nwanyieze Mbogu said, the ministry was at the verge of reconstituting a new Caretaker Committee to accommodate all the five identified PMAN factions, which have all agreed to come together and function as one except for that of Pretty Okafor, but the decision was delayed due to Court Order Form 48 from the Federal High Court of Nigeria in Lagos Judicial Division.
Speaking further, the registrar advised members of the union to give room for continued dialogue in the interest of peace and harmony in the music industry.

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