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  Fuel Crisis: NLC Suspends Nationwide Strike


The Nigeria Labour Congress has suspended the nationwide strike it embarked upon to protest the increase in fuel pump price even as it vowed to resume talk with the Federal government the issue.

Mr. Ayuba Wabba’s faction announced the suspension of the strike at an emergency meeting of the NLC National Executive Committee in Abuja on Sunday.

The President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, read the communique of the meeting to the newsmen.

His words: “We said we have suspended due to the intervention of those who had intervened. It is left for them to invite and create a platform to discuss that.

“It is not the Minister of Labour we are talking about, my friend; we are talking about the leaders of the party who came to the NLC secretariat.

“Or do you think we should just sweep that under the carpet; we cannot sweep all that under the carpet. So, when we are talking about people who intervened, we should look at the fact that they have also shown concern on the issue.”

, “In consideration of the above, NEC after due consultation with its constituents, resolved to suspend, with immediate effect, the action it commenced on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The action is thus hereby suspended.

“Congress will resume negotiations with government on the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petroleum products and any other issue that may arise thereof.

“The Congress will continue to resist wrong legislation, policies and programmes and will always act in the best interest of Nigerians as it remains the only pan-Nigerian organisation not affected by religion, region, creed, partisanship or primordial sentiments.

“The Congress urges the government to play by the rules in its engagement with its constituent parts, stakeholders and non-state actors as proof of its commitment to deepening our democracy and also in acknowledgment of the well-worn credo that what goes around, comes around.”



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