Subsidy Removal: FG Thanks NLC For Suspending Strike

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PROTESTING-HIKEThe Federal Government has commended the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for suspending its three-day-old strike.
The Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the NLC had embarked on a nationwide strike last week Wednesday to protest government’s decision to remove fuel subsidy, which saw the pump price of a litre of petrol jump from N86.50 to N145.00.
The NLC had earlier walked out on a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government when the latter reportedly refused to accede to labour’s demands to revert the pump price of petrol to N86.50.
However, another meeting, this time led by national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, turned out to be successful as the Ayuba faction of the NLC, less than 48 hours after the parley, suspended its strike action.
Commending the NLC for suspending the industrial action, the Minister for Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the move was a win-win situation for Nigeria.
“Nigeria has won, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the NLC for reconsidering their position and agreeing to join us in negotiation”, Mr. Mohammed was quoted as saying on the sideline of an interactive session with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Lagos on Monday.
“So, it is not who has won, but (it is) Nigeria that has won”.
The minister expressed the Federal Government‘s commitment to actualising its change agenda through sustained communication between it and Nigerians.
According to him, stakeholders’ meetings will further enhance information flow between government and the citizenry.
“There is nothing like the government continuously engaging the people; you notice that we started this about a month or so ago when we started with our town hall meetings.
“We started in Lagos, moved to Kaduna; we will be in Kano on Friday.
“We have also been meeting with sectoral groups; we’ve met with the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria); we are going to meet with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission.
“I believe that it is the beginning of trying to bridge the gap between the governed and the government and it is extremely fruitful.
“We’ve heard you, and learnt a lot as well; but more importantly is that we’ve been able to explain to you why certain actions were taken”.
Mr. Mohammed further said that his ministry would hold quarterly meetings with the CSOs in order to engage Nigerians on national issues.
“This is not going to be a one-of engagement.
“The next time we (will) come with three or four ministers, depending on what issues are prevalent”, he stated.

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