The Ministry of Labour and Employment has extolled the contributions of one of its former Ministers, Engr. Bunu Sheriff Musa to the growth of Nigeria’s tripartite community and expressed sadness over his death.

In a statement today in Abuja, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said Nigeria’s social partners will greatly miss Engr. Bunu Sheriff, who served as the Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity between 1990 and 1992.

The Minister said that- “ The Ministry of Labour and Employment has received with sadness, the death of Engr. Bunu Sheriff Musa who served as the Honourable Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity from 1990 to 1992.

“ We recall his contributions to the growth of labour, especially the development of social dialogue and the upliftment of workers at a period of military dictatorship, when genuine agitations by workers were easily construed as sabotage.

“Bunu, though served a military regime, demonstrated commendable capacity for social dialogue, engaging labour leaders at various fora, and promoting collective bargaining. He subsequently secured slight wage increases in 1990, which no doubt brought succor and relief to the workforce.

“It is this and other achievements that credit him a deserving place in the annals of labour in Nigeria. They also earn him a strong note that will resonate each time, an account is taken of the growth and development of tripartism in Nigeria.

“ I also knew Bunu closely when I served as the physician in charge of the Federal Government Special Guest House Clinic, Victoria Island Lagos, between 1986 and 1989, during which he served variously as Honourable Ministers of Industries and later, Power and Steel before finally berthing at the Labour, Employment and Productivity Ministry.

“ He was affable, warm and Pan-Nigerian . Did I know that fate would one day entrust to my care, on behalf of the people of Nigeria, the same office that Bunu once superintended over?

“ On behalf of the Management and Staff of the Ministry of Labour and Employment therefore, I send sincere condolences to the Government and good people of Borno State, and beseech God Almighty to grant him eternal rest and comfort his family and all that mourn his death,” the statement said.

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