By Albert Akota
The Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Professor Mohammed Haruna has blamed labour disputes on lack of communication between workers and management.
He said that members of the labour union are human beings who understand the fact that there are lean resources in circulation and appreciate continuous dialogue.
Haruna said this yesterday in Abuja, while receiving an award of excellence from members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) of the agency.
He said the peaceful co-existence that exists in the agency demonstrates that staff are happy to conduct research and sacrifice with the little resources available.
He said: “There is a continuous dialogue as at today. They have other demands but they appreciate the lean resources available and reason with management.
“We believe that wherever there is adequate communication and transparency, the union leaders are human beings and they will understand.”
He said NASENI was collaborating with workers to show the peaceful coexistence existing in the agency.
He said: “The significance is to demonstrate the peaceful co-existence that exists and to demonstrate that the staff of the system is happy to do research. It demonstrates their willingness to continue to sacrifice working with the little resources available. It also shows us that despite the fact that we punish, we still reward where possible.
“It is not that the union has got all that it needs but what is happening is that we are open, we make things clear to them. There is an open system democracy in the system, we present to them what is available, explain to them what is possible and encourage everyone to sacrifice what cannot be possible for the benefit of the country.
Haruna praised his predecessors for laying a good foundation for the agency.
“My achievements are possible because of the foundation laid by ex- chief executives who made my work easy. We are building on a foundation laid by them.
“I think our biggest achievement is trying to run with the current trend in the world, we are innovative, researching and developing equipment that is modern in nature, we are trying to catch up with the world,” he added.