Nigerian Government Again Meets Labour Union, NLC Leaders In Presidential Villa Ahead Of Wednesday’s Total Shutdown

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The NLC, led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, arrived at the Presidential Villa at about 5:45 pm on Monday.

The Nigerian government delegation has again summoned the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC to a meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja over the grievances emanating from the fuel subsidy removal.

The NLC, led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, arrived at the Presidential Villa at about 5:45 pm on Monday.

The government team at the meeting included former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, the Group Chief Executive Officer, GCEO, of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, Hon. James Faleke, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju among others.

The union announced the industrial action on Friday, following a meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja over the fuel subsidy removal and subsequent hike in the pump price of petrol.

Meanwhile, according to the communiqué signed by NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and the General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the NLC listed out reasons why the nationwide action must hold.

“The NEC-in-session considered the huge suffering pervading the nation, the outrage expressed by the majority and the increased attendant fears of the consequences of the PMS price hike unanimously condemned the actions of the federal government and reached the following conclusions:

“1. That it was unlawful for the federal government to have announced the withdrawal of the Subsidy on PMS. 2. That the 2023 Appropriation Act made provisions for the funding of the subsidy regime on PMS till the end of June, 2023. 3. That it is unfair for the government to knowingly take action that will inflict pains on the populace and workers without putting adequate safeguards in place.

“4. That discussions were already on and understanding reached with government on the conditions precedent before the withdrawal of subsidy on PMS. 5. That the Local refineries especially the publicly owned four have remained comatose as a result of government’s inability to get them operationally turned around. 6. That we cannot accept any Petroleum Product Price increase until products are refined locally.

“7. That federal government’s decision was unilateral and therefore runs counter to the spirit of national consensus and Social Dialogue. NEC-in-Session also noted that whereas: 1. there is a subsisting judgment of the Court that voided the powers of the Nigerian state to deregulate and fix prices of petroleum products in the Country.

“2. Between 1993 and 2023 about U$6b was used for Turn Around Maintenance of the Refineries without any results. 3. U$7b was given to 14 banks owned by the elite from Public treasury to keep them afloat. 4. Between 2016 and now, N26trillion was given to the rich as import waivers. 5. The NNPC is still unable to tell us how it arrived at the Pricing templates and the names of the beneficiaries of the Subsidy funds.”

“The NEC-in-session subsequently resolved as follows: 1. to demand for the immediate withdrawal of the vexatious NNPCL price adjustments and revert to the old price in keeping with the 2023 Appropriation Act. 2. to immediately commence effective mobilization of all workers and citizens in conjunction with the Civil Society for a robust and inclusive engagement to resist the imposition of higher prices on PMS on Nigerians.

“3. to hereby affirm a Seven – Day ultimatum beginning from Wednesday the 31st day of May, 2023 to the federal Government to revert to the old price to allow Dialogue to proceed. 4. to on the expiration of the ultimatum without full compliance by the federal government embark on an indefinite nation – wide withdrawal of services and mass Protests starting 00:00 Hours Wednesday the 7th of June, 2023. 5. to this end, all Affiliates and State Councils of the NLC are directed to immediately commence full mobilisation of members to ensure the success of this action nationwide,” the communique added.

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