On Tuesday, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, said after due consultations with the Labour Leaders, a consensus leading to the suspension of the planned nationwide strike has been reached.
Disclosing this on Twitter, Gbajabiamila noted that the parties shall continue to dialogue on the implementation of the agreed terms.
Apple’s Bite reports that In a bid to compel the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) to reverse the increase in the pump price of the petrol, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had directed its members and affiliates to begin nationwide protest and withdrawal of services from Wednesday (tomorrow).
Arising from its three-hour National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, the NLC said that workers are also demanding comprehensive probe of the entire fuel subsidy regime to unravel the fraudulent activities that have taken place over the years.
Addressing journalists after the NEC meeting, NLC President Joe Ajaero said the Congress has resolved to mobilize workers nationwide on a protest by Wednesday if the federal government fails to compel NNPCL withdraw the N540 per litre illegal fuel price template.
While reading out the resolution of the NEC meeting, Ajaero said: “Whereas the NNPC has refused to tell us the landing cost of imported PMS up to this moment, whereas the NNPC has refused to disclose the beneficiaries of the subsidy payments, the NLC is hereby calling for proper investigation of the process of subsidy to know those who are the beneficiaries and to know the amount that were involved and to investigate it properly before it is swept under the carpet.
“That the current attempt to sweep under the carpet the fraudulent practices of the subsidy regime should not be tolerated by all well-meaning Nigerians.
“That the NEC in session directed that the leadership of the NLC should be cautious of negotiating with people without portfolio, that it should wait until government is properly constituted and the people who will negotiate with labour are such people with mandate and capacity for being in the government of the day for such negotiation.
“Consequently, the NLC decided that if by Wednesday next week, that the NNPC, a private limited liability company that illegally announced the new price regime for the oil sector refuses to reverse itself for negotiations to continue, the NLC and all its affiliates will withdraw their services and commence protest nationwide until this is complied with.
“That NNPC doesn’t have the monopoly to act illegally even as a private company. NLC NEC therefore directs all state councils and all industrial unions to commence mobilization from this moment to make sure that the action is in force.”
See the copy of the consensus below:
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