A federal government delegation will today meet with organised Labour in a bid to persuade both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to halt their planned strike and protest against the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff.
A short message issued by the director of press at the federal ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Charles Akpan, noted that the meeting will be hosted by the minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
TUC president, Quadri Olaleye, also confirmed to our reporter that labour would attend the meeting.
Olaleye, in a short message sent to our reporter, said, “Yes, we received the invitation for 3 pm meeting tomorrow (Today) and we shall be attending.”
LEADERSHIP recalls that the government had on September 15 met with Organised Labour, a meeting which ended in a deadlock.
At the September 15 meeting, minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, led the government team, which included his minister of state, Festus Keyamo (SAN0; minister of Power, Mamman, minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN); minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva among others.
The labour team was led by NLC president, Wabba; president of the TUC, Quadri Olaleye; secretary-general of the TUC, Musa Ozigi-Lawal; president of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Festus Osifo, and the president of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Association of Nigeria, Williams Akporeha, among others.
The federal government team at the meeting sought the understanding of the labour centres over the deregulation of the oil sector as well as the electricity tariff increases.
Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, at the meeting said, “Subsidy was not sustainable. Some of the past governments didn’t have the political will to remove it. We know that rise in prices will bring some pains to Nigerians. We are the first to admit that. We have thought of alternatives.”
Govs Move To Avert Labour Strike
Meanwhile, the threat by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resort to industrial action to force the federal government to rescind its decision on thed hike of oil and electricity prices in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will hold an emergency meeting to seek ways of settling the rift and finding a mutually agreed soft landing on amicable grounds.
According to a statement by the head media affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello- Barkindo, all governors are expected to attend the meeting as the matter is considered to be of urgent national importance, which needs to be quickly resolved in order not to worsen the already bad situation of Nigerians as caused by the Corona Virus pandemic.
According to the DG of the Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, the meeting which is the first NGF emergency virtual teleconference starts at 6pm.