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Fuel price hike: Labour insists on reversal as Kachikwu says we’ll export fuel in 2019

May 17, 2016


THE      Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC, and its affiliate body, Trade Union Congress,TUC, yesterday, vowed to press ahead with its industrial action scheduled to commence tomorrow if the Federal Government failed to revert to old pump price of petrol. This came as the House  of Representatives started its special plenary on fuel price hike on a rowdy note.


Also, labour leaders and others met with the leadership of Department of State Service, DSS, and Nigeria Police Force, NPF, over the security implications of the planned industrial action billed to start tomorrow. NLC and TUC also asked the government to not only put all the nation’s refineries to optimal use, but also increase minimum wage, besides putting all necessary palliatives measures before deregulation of oil. Leaders of NLC and TUC spoke formal commencement of the meeting it held with the government over May 11 increment of fuel price. But the government pleaded with the labour organisations to see reasons with its action and shelve its planned strike, saying it was open to dialogue with the bodies. This was even as the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, who was at the meeting to mediate between labour, said opposed agitation for wage increment, saying it was not sustainable at the moment. Factional NLC president, Ayuba Wabba and President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, said there was the need for government to reverse to old pump price of fuel, given that the development was having a toll on the masses. At the time of this report, both government and labour had not shifted. Dr Chris Ngige, who presented government’s position, said the government was opened to dialogue, urging the labour leaders to consider the proposed industrial action as the least possible option. Among those that were at the meeting  included factional President of NLC, ,Ayuba Wabba and ,Joe Ajaero, General Secretary of NLC, Dr. ,Peter Ozo-Eson,  NUPENG P resident, Igwe Achese, PENGASSAN President, Francis Olabode Johnson,  President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigma, Governor dams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Minister of Labour & Employment ,Dr Chris Ngige, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate),Senator Ita Enang, Secretary Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Babachir Lawal. Others were Ministers of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, of f Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, Information and Culture,,Lai Mohammed and Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi. At the meeting were the Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi. Before the meeting dissolved into a technical session, newsmen were asked to leave…

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