• September 23, 2023

FG, NLC meeting ongoing over petrol subsidy removal

 FG, NLC meeting ongoing over petrol subsidy removal

By our Reporter

A federal government delegation is currently meeting with representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at the presidential villa, Abuja over the removal of subsidy on petrol.

The meeting comes five days after a first meeting with the new government on the same issue, ended in a deadlock.

During his inauguration speech on May 29, President Bola Tinubu had said “petrol subsidy is gone”.

The president’s pronouncement immediately led to a resurfacing of long queues at gas stations and a hike in the pump price of the product across the country.

President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Festus Osifo, had told state house correspondents after the first meeting that government must return to the old price of petrol or workers will embark on a nationwide strike billed to commence next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had in a memo dated June 2, and signed by its general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, also announced that its members will join the strike.

The federal government representatives at the last meeting included Dele Alake, spokesperson for the government’s delegation; Group CEO of NNPCL Mele Kyari; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele; and Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo state.

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