The Federal Government says it will waive the value-added tax (VAT) on diesel for the next six months as part of measures to cushion the impacts of the removal of the petrol subsidy.
The waiver is part of the resolution reached by the Federal Government (FG) and leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the end of a four-hour meeting held at the State House on Sunday.
Speaking at the end of the four-hour meeting with the leaders of the Unions at the State House, Abuja, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila said the government team and the labour leaders have reached some resolutions.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National 0rientation, said the government is “committed to fast-tracking the provision of compressed natural Gas (CNG) buses to ease public transportation difficulties associated with the removal of PMS subsidy.”
According to him, the government would see to the provision of funds for micro and small-scale enterprises, adding that the “value-added tax (VAT) on diesel will be waived for the next six months.”
“The Federal Government will commence payment of N75,000 to 15 million households at N25,000 per month, for a three-month period from October-December 2023.
“A sub-committee is to be constituted to work out the details of implementation of all items for consideration regarding government interventions to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
“NLC and TUC will consider the offers by the Federal Government with a view to suspending the planned strike to allow for further consultations on the implementation of the resolutions above,” the statement read.
While addressing journalists, Joe Ajaero, NLC’s President, said the labour body would take all the promises by the government to its organs for consideration.
“I don’t have much to say than what the Chief of Staff has said. We’ve been meeting and we’ve looked at almost all the issues, all the promissory notes from the government and we’ll look at how to translate them to reality and to be workable.
“Then we’re going to take those promises to our organs, of course, you know these people here cannot just wake up and review and call off action.
“So like he said, we’re hopeful that our organs will have a look at them and give us a fresh mandate on what next to do. So it’s a simple one.”
Also, Tommy Etim Okon, acting president of TUC, said they would confer with their respective organs for the next line of action.
“Let me on behalf of the TUC also point out the fact that we’ve had a series of conversations surrounding the issue raised and we do hope that by tomorrow we are going to get across to our organs so that we can also look at it and cross-fertilize ideas and see the way forward,” Okon said.
“I’m sure we’re coming back again tomorrow for that.”