Labour leaders on Sunday evening walked out on a meeting with the federal government delegation which was scheduled to discuss the recent fuel price hike by the government.
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) was represented at the meeting by its deputy president, Najeem Yasin. Also on the labour’s side was the President of Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero, and the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye.
The meeting, which began around 8 pm, ended less than 15 minutes later as the labour leaders accused the government of not being sincere with the people.
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Olaleye, who spoke on the recent increase in the pump price of fuel, expressed sadness that discussions were ongoing from the previous meeting before the fresh hike.
“Government is showing a high level of insincerity in discussions with us and is also putting us at risk with the people we are leading — with the masses. We find it difficult to move freely, but the people in government are moving freely,” he said.
Also present at the meeting were Chris Ngige, Minister of labour and employment; Festus Keyamo, Minister of state for labour; Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, and Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.