Govt, labour teams meet, reach no agreement

The meeting between the federal government, labour unions and civil society organisations (CSO) over the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products and electricity tariff has ended without a conclusion.

The meeting which lasted for about 10 hours held at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. It was subsequently adjourned to a later date which is yet to be announced.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how President Buhari directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to have a dialogue with the labour unions and CSOs on issues affecting the economy.

The issues include the hike in electricity tariff by distribution companies (DisCos) from about N30.23 to about N62.33 per kWh and an increase in the price of petrol from about N145 to about N161 per litre.

The government called for the meeting to prevent the planned protest by labour unions and other civil society organisations over the increase in petroleum products and electricity tarrif.

Speaking during the meeting, the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Amechi Asugwuni, said the government had “no agenda at the meeting and did not provide an alternative means for the hardship…

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