The leadership of the House of Representatives on Sunday intensified efforts to avert the much-touted nationwide strike by the organized labour who insisted of going ahead as there was a subsisting court judgement against any hike in the pump price of fuel by the Federal Government
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila held a crucial meeting with a three-man team from labour consisting of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and the Secretary-General of the NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja.
At the opening session, while the NLC President canvassed reasons why the impending strike was inevitable in the overall interest of Nigerians the Speaker, however, cited reasons the strike should not go on in the interest of the nation.
According to Rep Gbajabiamila, who was accompanied to the meeting by the chairman of the House Committee on Labour, Rep. Mohammed Wudil and the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason, “shutting down nation’s economic activities through a debilitating strike will hurt more citizens the organised labour is seeking to protect.”
He said that there could be a different way to arrive at the same result as the legislature and labour are both on the same page and pleaded for more time.
Immediately after the meeting, the Speaker and his team headed straight to the Presidential Villa, Ask Rock Abuja for further consultations with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Emerging from the meeting, the President of the NLC, Comrade Wabba said that the labour leaders had useful deliberations with the Speaker and his team but that had not changed the decision of the union to continue with the nationwide strike.
According to him, “we have had useful discussions with the leadership of the House of Representatives. We have shared our concern and challenges with him, especially the very challenges of the implication of if the hike in the tariff of electricity and the pump price. We also briefed him how the discussion with the Federal Government went and how the meeting was adjourned.
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