The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have announced that the Federal Government will be given time to fulfil its promises.
Labour had declared a protest after the price of fuel increased from N537 to N617. The unions had issued an ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the increase.
On Wednesday, labour protested across the country in response to the government’s failure to respond to its demands.
President Bola Tinubu had invited NLC President Comrade Joe Ajaero and TUC President Festus Osifo to a meeting at Aso Rock.
Ajaero told the media after the meeting that the unions would give the government some time.
It is pertinent to inform Nigerians that the extent of the success of the protest is underlined by the request of the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu to meet with the leadership of the NLC and TUC in a closed-door session.
The engagement was fruitful that immense mileage was gotten with regards to the issues that bogged down the work of the Presidential Committee on Subsidy removal and necessitated the protest viz:
He committed to an immediate restructuring of the framework for engagement in line with the input of the Labour leaders. He let out a certainty that the Port Harcourt Refinery will commence production by December this year. He pledged to ensure that Agreement is reached on the Wage Award for Nigerian workers immediately.
He promised to unveil a workable roadmap to the CNG alternative next week. On the strength of the President’s pledge and commitment, we have decided for a return to a new and reinvigorated dialogue process to allow for full implementation.
Once again, we thank Nigerians while we wait for the government to fulfill its own part of the understanding as agreed with His Excellency; the President.