The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and the Nigeria Labour Congress have expressed shock at the death of the Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Dr Timothy Olawale.
Olawale reportedly slumped during a meeting and subsequently passed away at a hospital in Abuja on Friday.
Ngige, in a condolence message to NECA on Saturday, said, “We heard with shock the unexpected news of the death of the Director-General of NECA, Dr Timothy Olawale. We are sorry for your loss and convey our heartfelt sympathy to your organisation, NECA, and its entire affiliate employers’ associations.”
Quoting Seneca, a Roman philosopher, in the statement issued by Charles Akpan, the ministry of labour and employment spokesman, Ngige said, “The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.”
In its condolence message, the NLC said Olawale demonstrated a high level of professionalism and friendship with other social partners, especially labour.
“He was always very objective in dealing with matters of industrial relations as his work ethos were justice and equity,” the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated in a statement titled, ‘NLC expresses shock at demise of Dr Timothy Olawale, NECA DG.’
The statement read, “Dr Timothy Olawale was a great friend of the Nigeria Labour Congress. He was a dependable social partner to Nigerian workers.
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