New Petrol Price Strike: FG Asks NLC To Return To Negotiations Table

The presidency has asked the NLC faction to end its one day old strike against the new petrol price and return to the negotiating table.

Labour and employment minister, Chris Ngige, addressing the State House Correspondent after the meeting of the federal executive council in Abuja, said the continuation of the strike will further cripple the fragile economy.

The minister urged them to join other unions who had signed a memorandum of understanding on the modality for the palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the new petrol price.

Ngige also said the agreement provides for talks on the review of the national minimum wage, the review of template for the pricing of petrol, and the constitution of the board of the petroleum pricing regulatory commission

Ngige dismissed allegation by the NLC faction that it was sidelined by the presidency in taking decision on the new petrol price, recalling that adequate consultations were made with all the major stakeholders on the template for the pricing of petrol.

Also, the justice minister, Abubakar Malami has accused a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress coordinating the ongoing strike against new petrol price, of not following the due process.

Malami addressing the state house correspondents after the meeting of the federal executive council, said the faction failed to serve government the required 15 day notice, or allow the reconciliation process before embarking on the strike.

The attorney general of the federation said he resorted to filing an action at the national industrial court to stop the strike to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

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