Organised Labour Walk Out From Meeting With FG Over Fuel Price Hike

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Labour union representatives on Sunday staged a walk-out a meeting the federal , barely five minutes after started.

According to the president the Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, on the meeting’s top agenda were the issues surrounding the hike in the fuel and electricity tariffs, not issues palliatives.

In his opening remarks before the closed-door session, Olaleye accused the federal dishonesty, playing to the gallery and painting the organised labour in a bad light before civil servants and the public.

Representing the Nigerian Labour Congress was its deputy president, Najeem Yasin.

“This meeting is not going to be as usual,” Olaleye told Channels Television. “, because we have seen the insincerity of and ’s putting us at risk. They are taking us for a ride, which cannot continue.

“We are in the process of discussing, for over three months . And they made announcement increasing the fuel again. And person than NNPC. When has authority been giving to NNPC to increase the of PMS? This is unacceptable.

“The meeting agenda is not well prioritised. And because of , we are leaving the meeting. We will not continue, we will go back to our organ, and we are going to get back to you on the next line of action.”

In attendance the federal government were the Minister of Labour and , Chris Ngige, the for Labour, Festus Keyamo, for Petroleum, Timiprye Sylva, for , Goddy Agba and the Secretary to the Government, .

“We felt the item of increase in PMS, having been listed at all as an additional item, would have satisfied everybody,” labour minister, Ngige said after the walkout.