President Bola Tinubu, has appealed to the organised labour to avail him more time to consider their grievances before embarking on any nationwide strike.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, conveyed Tinubu’s appeal while addressing newsmen at State House, Abuja. Abbas-led House principal officers to brief the president on the outcome of their engagement with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which had declared a nationwide strike.
He said: “What he said is that he’s just coming on board. We should ask them and beg them to please give him a little more time. The things that they mentioned, he is completely unaware of them, he is yet to be briefed about all those issues.
“But from what he heard from me, also advised that we should channel of those issues to the Chief of Staff to look at them one after the other.
However, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) commenced mobilisation of its affiliates, state councils, and civil society organisations (CSOs) to hold mass protest rallies across the country from August 2, in protest against what it described as the hardship imposed on workers and the masses by the removal of fuel subsidy and other anti-poor policies of the Tinubu government.
At about the same time, following the threat by labour, the Federal Government on Wednesday evening held an emergency meeting with the organised labour comprising of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.