The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, clarified in a statement issued on Wednesday by Olajide Oshundun, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Labour that the claims stating that President Tinubu will announce palliative and salary increases for workers on independence day are false.
Simon Lalong urged public members to disregard the publication, claiming that it was a blatant fabrication by the writer to suit the narrative of the newspaper's best-known interests.
“The attention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment has been drawn to reports circulating online claiming that the President will announce wage awards and palliatives to workers during his October 1st Independence Day speech.
“The report said to have emanated from a purported interview with the Director of Information in the ministry, claimed that a last-minute meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday between the Federal Government and Labour to avert the proposed strike.
“We wish to categorically state that the report is false and misleading as at no time did the Director of Information make such disclosure,” he said.
He went on to add that for the sake of clarity, the Director of Information at the ministry does not speak for the President.