AFBTE Decries Action On Company Closures – NLRC

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The Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), an umbrella union of employers in the food, beverage and tobacco sector, in a statement issued has said it is unhappy by the closure of some companies by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

 

The group lamented the actions of the NLRC in its industrial sector in an attempt to force them to make payments that have over time been contested and are currently in litigation in the courts.

AFBTE expressed its dissatisfaction with the Commission in what it termed an ‘unacceptable act’, especially in a democratic setting where the actions of all and sundry and especially those of government and its agencies should be guided by the rule of law and respect for the country’s judicial institutions and process.

According to the statement “We are more worried that this is happening at a time when all hands should be on deck to increase the productive base of the Nigerian economy, promote commerce and step up development efforts,”

The Association however, implored the Federal Government, through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who oversees the Commission, as well as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to help in reminding the Management of the NLRC of the law setting it up and its scope of operations.

It will be recalled that, NLRC, a week ago, initiated a temporary shutdown of the offices of Nigerian Breweries Plc in Lagos and Abuja for what the commission said was the brewing company’s unwillingness to settle an outstanding tax bill of N326 million owed to it from promotional lotteries carried out by the company.

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