Subsidy removal: FG, Labour resume negotiation in Aso Rock

Amid the threat by Nigeria Labour Congress to go on nationwide strike, the Federal Government has resumed negotiation with the NLC on the recently implemented removal of subsidy on petroleum products which has resulted into untold hardship in the nation.

Monday’s meeting which began at about 05:30 pm is expected to consider demands by the organised labour for an increased minimum wage and proposed palliatives from the FG.

Both parties in the negotiation have converged on the conference room of the chief of staff at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Sequel on the last session where some agreements were reached and Labour agreed to suspend its planned strike until further talks scheduled for today June 19.

“The labour centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework,” the resolution read.

Present at the meeting are the delegation of the NLC led by its President, Joe Ajaero, the TUC delegation led by its President, Festus Osifo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, Special Adviser to the President on Revenue, Zachaeus Adedeji and the Special Adviser for Energy, Olu Verheijen and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachallom Daju.

Also present are the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Farouk Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Gbenga Komolafe, among others.

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