April 15, 2024

Subsidy: Labour, FG set 8 weeks deadline to conclude dialogue.

Organised labour and the Federal Government yesterday agreed on an eight-week deadline to thrash out all contentious issues and implement the resolutions arising from the demands of labour.
Recall that immediately after President Bola Tinubu announced the removal of the fuel subsidy on May 29, organised labour threatened to go on strike, alleging that the government did not put in place measures to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.
To avert the strike, the federal government quickly convened a meeting with labour where demands that will serve as palliatives were made and the two parties agreed to meet again on June 19.
At the meeting yesterday, the federal government and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, agreed that all the issues and demands raised should be concluded within eight weeks.
The two parties also set up a Presidential Steering Committee to serve as a clearing house in coordinating the technical sub-committees on different items raised.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the president of TUC, Festus Osifo, who was flanked by his NLC counterpart, Joe Ajaero, said the parties would reconvene next Monday to review the framework marshalled out.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategies, Dele Alake, said the meeting considered the short-term, medium-term and long-term measures in resolving the issue with the government.
Present at the meeting are the delegation of the NLC, led by its President,Joe Ajaero, the delegation of the TUC led by its President, Festus Osifo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, Special Adviser for Revenue, Zachaeus Adedeji and the Special Adviser for Energy, Olu Verheijen and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachallom Daju.
Others are the Group Chief Executive Officer, GCEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL, Mele Kyari, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, the CEO of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed among others.

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