Meeting between Nigerian Government, Labour over Fuel Hike Deadlock

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige


THE federal government and organised labour are yet to reach an agreement over the increase in pump price of petrol.

After a four-hour meeting between the parties which started on Monday and ended early hours of Tuesday, May 17, Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the Federation, told journalists  they had “a fruitful discussion and will continue from where we stopped” when they reconvene today by 3pm.

The federal government also met with the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the labour movement at about 12.15am on Tuesday after its meeting with the Ayuba Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress.

It appears labour leaders are not convinced by the figures presented by the government team.

Those who attended the meeting are Wabba,  Peter Ozo-Esun, NLC general secretary, Igwe Achese, NUPENG president, PENGASSAN President, Olabode Johnson; TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama; minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Senator Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), and Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor.

— May 17, 2016 @ 5:35 GMT


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