Labour Bows, Suspends Strike For Two Weeks, Signs Agreement

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FG representatives at the meeting held with labour leaders on Sunday, September 27. Photo: [email protected]
Labour Bows, Suspends Strike For Two Weeks, Signs Agreement - Vantage News Nigeria
FG representatives at the meeting held on Sunday, September 27. Photo: [email protected]

The organised labour in the early hours of Monday, suspended the insdustrial action scheduled to commence today (Monday) nationwide.

The decision was taken after a meeting with the Federal Government which started last night and ended in the early hours of Monday. The meeting was earlier scheduled to hold on Monday but as reported by VANTAGE NEWS, it was pushed forward to Sunday evening.

The meeting which started at 8:30pm and ended at 2:50am had representatives of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) led by its President, Ayuba Wabba, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by Quadri Olaleye, and representatives of the Federal Government (FG) that include the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of Petroleum, Timipre Silva: Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others in attendance.

Following long hours of deliberations on the various issues raised, both parties agreed that the strike be suspended for two weeks following FG’s decision to reverse the increased electricity tariff.

The NLC, TUC and FG signed a five-page communique, and agreed to set up a technical committee comprising of members from the organised labour, federal ministries, departments and agencies.

According to the Punch, the committee have two weeks to examine the justification for the new policy on cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments; to look at the different DISCOs and their different electricity tariff vis-à-vis NERC order and mandate; examine and advise government on the issues that have hindered the deployment of the 6 million meters, among others.

The Chairman of the Committee is the Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo.

Other members include, Minister of State Power, Godwin Jedy-Agba; Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission, James Momoh; Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmad Zakari as the Secretary.

The NLC will be represented by Onoho’Omhen Ebhohimhen, and Joe Ajaero, while Chris Okonkwo will represent the TUC. There will also be a representative of electricity distribution companies (DISCOs).

In communique read by Ngige and monitored by VANTAGE NEWS, the DISCOs were mandated to suspend the application of the new electricity tariff payment method for a two-week period.

He also stated that the government has prepared palliatives in the areas of power, housing, agriculture, humanitarian aid, and transport to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians as a result of the downstream sector deregulation and electricity tariff increase.

Ngigie also stated that the parties agreed on the need to increase the local refining capacity of the nation to reduce the overdependency on importation of petroleum products.

This, he said would ensure energy security, reduce cost of finished products, increase employment and business opportunities for Nigerians.

He added that the FG will facilitate the delivery of licensed modular and regular refineries, involvement of upstream companies in petroleum refining and establishing framework for financing in the downstream sector.

See the communique as obtained from the verified twitter handle of the Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo below:

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