Ahead of impending nationwide strike, FG meets Labour Unions today

In a bid to avert the looming nationwide strike, the Federal Government has scheduled another meeting with members of the organised labour movement today.

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director (Press) in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Charles Akpan, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, would be hosting the meeting at the Banquet Hall, of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting is said to be a continuation of an earlier meeting held between labour leaders and the federal government team led by Ngige at the Presidential Villa last week, which failed to reach any agreement.

Following the failure of the federal government to reverse the price increases or offer palliatives to cushion the effects on the workers at the initial meeting held with the Labor Leaders, the organized labor movement had declared September 28 to begin Nationwide mass action.

On another hand, in a bid to avert the looming strike, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum is holding an emergency meeting of all the governors to seek ways of settling the rift. According to a statement credited to Mr. Abdulrazaq Bello-Barkindo the Head, Media and Public Affairs of the Governors Forum, all governors are expected to attend the meeting as the matter is considered to be of urgent national importance, which needs to be quickly resolved in order not to worsen the already bad situation of Nigerians as caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As contained in the agenda of the meeting sent out by the Director-General of the Governors Forum, Mr. Asishana Okauru, the first NGF emergency virtual teleconference starts at 6 p.m today.

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