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FG, Labour resume talks on petrol, electricity tariffs on Monday



THE Federal Government and organised  labour’s meeting over the recent hike in the pump price of petroleum and electricity tariff has been adjourned to Monday.

   Disclosing this to the media today in Abuja , the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said  discussions continue for better result, insisting that Sunday’s event was not a walkout but a recess.

  According to him, this is to enable the federal government do a proper consultation on the pump price of petrol, even as labour persists on reversal of the price.

  Both parties had reconvened on yesterday evening, days after the labour leaders walked out of another parley with the federal government to discuss the matter.

  The Minister  emphasised  that both parties; the government and the labour unions are working for the betterment of the nation.

  Ngige stressed that the issues at stake, which included the hike in electricity tariff and the price of petrol, do not only affect the citizens but also those on the government’s side.

  The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who was also at the meeting, while addressing the labour leaders gave assurance that the government would ensure that resolutions reached would be for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

  Mustapha also thanked the labour leaders for their show of patriotism, stressing that what happened on Sunday was a recess and not a breakdown of discussions.

  On his part, TUC President, Peter Esele, stressed the need for sincerity on the part of government to enable the meeting  arrive at a logical conclusion.

  The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, was absent at the meeting, but he was represented by the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero.

  Ajaero disagreed with the remarks of the labour minister and the SGF that the last meeting was a recess, insisting that it did not end peacefully.

  He also insisted that the agenda for discussion should be presented for adoption before going forward.

  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.

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