NLC has suspended its strike scheduled for Monday, 28 September, after a meeting between labour leaders and the Federal Government.
This decision was read out by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after a meeting with the warring parties on Sunday.
The suspension of the strike comes after an agreement reached between both parties and stops a nationwide strike which would have grounded economic activities in the country.
The NLC stressed that the strike was suspended not called off. It made it known that the strike will be embarked on if the government doesn’t fulfil its promises within the next two weeks.
In the agreement, the Federal Government will suspend the electricity price tariff hike for a two-week period and a committee that has been set up will look into the conflicting field reports justifying the hike in electricity tariff.
The committee is to be headed by Dr Ngige, but he will be represented by the Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo.
In the agreement, the new price of fuel will remain in place but the government promised to do more to improve local refining capacity, rehabilitate Nigeria’s refineries and pursue the CNG alternative aggressively.
Ayuba Wabba ,the NLC President, welcomed the dialogue with the government and the resolutions reached.
He confirmed that the planned strike has been suspended and is looking forward to the palliatives promised by the government to Nigerians during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba, President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Quadri Olaleye and other members of organised labour, while the government’s team included the Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Labour Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Silva, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha.
The minister of State for Power Mr Jeddy Agba was also in attendance.