Fuel Strike: Senate Directs Committee to Join FG, NLC Negotiation Team

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THE Senate on Wednesday, May 18, directed its committee on labour to constantly interface with the federal government and the Nigeria Labour Congress team currently on the negotiation table over the hike in fuel price.

The upper chamber, took the decision after a 35 minute closed down session presided over by Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate. The committee on labour, headed by Senator Mohammed Nasif, was specifically directed to commence immediate dialogue with the negotiating team to ensure an early resolution of the crisis.

Ekweremadu, while reading the resolution of the Senate said, “The Senate in a closed- session deliberated on the nationwide strike by labour and the ways of resolving the issues to avoid untold hardships to Nigerians. “We also mandated the committee on Labour under the chairmanship of Mohammed Nasif to continue to interface with both government and labour for an early resolutions of all the matters.”

However, the Campaign for Democracy, in a statement in Abuja said the strike was long overdue and described the court order stopping the NLC from proceeding on its planned strike against the new fuel regime as unfortunate and height of irresponsible.

The CD, according to the statement signed by its President, Ifeanyi Odili, insisted that the court order was a misuse of judicial discretion. The group said, “It is sad that judiciary which has always been seen as the last hope of the common man is now playing to the gallery, falling into the contraptions of the politicians, thereby throwing the dignity, honour and true professionalism into the dustbins.

“The judiciary has not ceased to acknowledge the fact that the workers have the constitutional right to protest against any policy of the government that adversely affects them including judicial workers. – Punch

—  May 18, 2016 @ 16:00 GMT

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