FG meets Labour Congress ahead of strike on hike in fuel and electricity tariff

 The Federal Government will on Thursday (today) meet again with the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress on the threat by the organised labour to proceed on an indefinite strike and protest against the hike in electricity traffics and fuel pump price.

The FG is expected to unfold its palliative plans during the parley.

The Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, disclosed the meeting date in an email on Wednesday.

It read, “The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige will be hosting a meeting with the Organised Labour. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020 and the venue is the Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, by 3pm.”

The FG and the unions had met penultimate Tuesday but the dialogue ended in a deadlock following the failure of the government to reverse the price increase or offer palliatives to cushion the effects on the workers.

The NLC and TUC subsequently declared strike and protest scheduled to commence from Monday next week.

Meanwhile, labour unions in Oyo State on Wednesday gathered at a symposium in Ibadan with a resolve to mobilise the masses ahead of the Monday strike and protest.

The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Kayode Martins, “I want everybody to leave this place and go out there toencourage others to be part of the protest. Our mumu don do.”

The Vice Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in Oyo State, Gbenga Olowolafe, pointed out that the masses had a role to play, saying they should come out and “join the struggle to liberate the country from bad leadership.”

A human rights activist, Dr Femi Aborisade, who is also the Vice Chairman, Oyo State chapter of Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, said, “ It will be daily mass protest and all of us must produce materials that will be distributed to the masses.  If this regime is incapable of meeting our demands, he  ( Buhari) should resign.”

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