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NLC, TUC Suspend planned nationwide strike as FG readjusts electricity tariff

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended the planned nationwide strike that was to commence today, Monday, September 28, 2020, over the recent increase in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

The earlier proposed strike and rally was suspended after a late-night meeting with a federal government team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The government team, represented by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed the five-page agreement on behalf of the government while the Labour team, represented by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, amongst others, also signed the agreement.

According to the agreement signed, the parties agreed to set up a Technical Committee comprising Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government as well as the NLC and TUC, which will work for a duration of two weeks starting from today.

“During the two weeks, the DISCOs shall suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments,” the communique noted.

It also noted that the FG has fashioned out palliatives in the areas of transport, power, housing, agriculture and humanitarian support, that would ameliorate the sufferings that Nigerian workers may experience as a result of the hike in cost electricity tariffs and the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

The meeting also resolved that the 40 per cent stake of government in the DISCO and the stake of workers should be reflected in the composition of the DISCO’s boards.

It should however be noted that the price of petrol increased from about N145 to N161 per litre remain unchanged.

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