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Fuel Price Hike: House Of Reps Urges NLC To Suspend Planned Strike

The House of Representatives has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to suspend the planned strike.

The House urged the Labour unions to allow its ad hoc committee consult with other stakeholders over the issue after being briefed by Minister of State  Petroleum Resource, Doctor Ibe Kachikwu.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion by Nicholas Ossai, PDP, Delta who argued that the sudden fuel price hike had led to some dislocations in many households.

According to him, the hike has also led to protests by individuals, labour unions and civil society organizations and a planned industrial action by labour unions.

Mr. Ossai requested that an ad hoc committee be set up to interface with all stakeholders and report back within five days

The House resolved that Labour should suspend its planned strike pending the outcome of the interface by the Hassan Doguwa-led committee and the resolution of the House on its report.

Last night, a government team led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal met with Labour leaders at the SGF’s office in Abuja.

Organised labour has set Wednesday, May 18 to go on an indefinite strike if the federal government fails to meet its demand of reverting the pump price of petrol to 86.50 kobo per litre.

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