Labour Meeting With FG Over Increase in Electricity Tariff, Hike In Pump Price Adjourned To Monday

By Chinenye Festus:-

Following the recent increase in electricity tariff and the hike in the pump price of petroleum, there have been deliberations between the federal government and the organized Labour.

It was gathered that both parties met on Thursday evening to further the discussion after it was reported that organized Labour walked out of a meeting with the government some days ago.

The minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige who chaired the meeting said what took place between both parties  was not walking out but a recess.

Others in attendance include the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouk.

Ngige stated that the issue of the hike in electricity tariff and the price of petrol affects not only the citizens but also those in the government.

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who was also at the meeting, gave the Labour leaders an assurance that government will do what’s in the best interest of Nigerians.

Mustapha also expressed his appreciation to Labour leaders on the way they have continued to show true patriotism in every affair that concerns Nigerians.

TUC President, Peter Esele who spoke at the meeting urged the government to maintain high-level transparency and sincerity as this will help both parties arrive at a good conclusion in the interest of everyone.

The Nigeria Labour Congress President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who was represented by the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero disagreed with the remark made by the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris and the SGF Boss Mustapha, as he insisted that there is no need to sugar coat what transpired at the last meeting as it did not end peacefully.

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