The organised labour has suspended its strike planned to commence today (Monday) after a dialogue between labour officials the Government.
In a statement read by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after a technical session that started from Sunday till this early morning
However, the resolution to suspend the strike was as a result of the agreement between both parties and averts a nationwide strike which would have tampered the economy in the country.
Organized labour, however, stated that the strike was suspended not called off and it could be recalled if the government is not faithful to the promises made at the meeting in two weeks time.
It should be noted that as part of the agreement reached, the Federal Government will suspend the electricity price tariff hike and has set up a committee to weigh and examine what the labour minister described as conflicting field reports justifying the increase in the electricity bill.
The suspension of the electricity tariff hike will be for a two-week period during which the committee will make its inquiry and report.
The new committee will be headed by Dr Ngige.
According to the agreement, the new price of fuel will, however, remain in place but the government promised to help improve local refining capacity, rehabilitate Nigeria’s refineries and in order pursue the CNG alternative aggressively by for instance providing CNG mass transit buses nationwide.
Meanwhile, Dr Ngige decried the stifled growth in Nigeria’s downstream sector and the dire issues faced by the government which he claims is the justification for fuel subsidy removal.
NLC President, on his part, Ayuba Wabba welcomed the dialogue with the Federal government and the resolutions reached so far.
Ayuba confirmed that the planned strike has been suspended and is looking forward to the palliatives pledged by the Nigerian government at the meeting.
The palliatives are meant to cushion the effect of the fuel price increase.
The meeting on Sunday was held in the banquet hall of State House in FCT.
The forum was attended by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba, President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Quadri Olaleye and other members of organised labour, while the government’s team included the Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Labour Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Silva, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha. Also, minister of State for Power Mr Jeddy Agba attended the meeting.
Image: Chris Ngige’s file photo