The unions are demanding a reversal of the recent increase in the price of gasoline and did not support the deregulation that is anchored in the increase in prices.
The Secretary General of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Emma Ugboajah, told reporters in the banquet hall, Aso Villa, that the trade union movement agreed that local refineries should be rehabilitated to boost local refining.
Ugboaja said that almost eight weeks after the negotiations, the Federal Government has not shown any commitment to all the agreed points.
He stressed that of 161 buses that run on gas, none has been supplied to the movement.
“We never support deregulation based on price increases. Our minimum request is that the Federal Government should go back to N160, ”said Ugboajah. “We agreed that the refineries should be working. We have not seen any work in that regard. Also, we have seen the NNPC maintaining absolute dominance over the import. “
For his part, the president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, said that if urgent measures are not taken, things get out of hand.
His words: “We cannot pretend that things are not going well. It seems that the government wants to create a crisis when it does not exist. We have come here to ensure that people’s hardships are reduced.
I mean we are not happy. The government is showing a high level of insincerity with us. I get a lot of text messages from Nigerians who abuse us. we find it difficult to move freely. I think the government is sponsoring some people to attack us. Some people stayed away from this meeting because they are afraid of criticism.
“The academic staff have been on strike. We created a committee for more than two months and nothing has happened. One month to the end of the year, nothing has been done. If today’s meeting does not resolve the problem, we will mobilize and leave the meeting. I hope today’s meeting is productive. “
Labor and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige said the meeting was supposed to have taken place in October, but because of the #EndSars protests that shook the nation last month.
Ngige said that the Federal Government is ready to start implementing the palliative starting today Monday.
The Secretary of Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said that the government is already working on some of the agreed areas such as the reduction of the import duty on automobiles from 35% to 10% and other measures it has the Federal Government. taken.