Nigeria’s organised Labour unions have insisted on going ahead with today’s strike to protest against increasing hardship and rising costs of living due to the removal of petrol subsidy.
This is despite assurances granted by President Bola Tinubu Monday night in his nationwide broadcast that the government would make budgetary allocations for the implementation of the new minimum wage as soon as an agreement is reached by the Presidential Steering Committee and labour unions.
This is just as the Presidential Steering Committee on Palliatives held another marathon meeting with representatives of the Organised Labour, comprising Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
NLC President, Ajaero and his TUC counterpart Osifo spoke shortly after talks between organised labour and the Federal Government to avert the protest became inconclusive noting that the peaceful rally would hold in line with its schedule.
They allayed the fears that the peaceful protest could be taken over by hoodlums, saying that security agencies were responsible for safeguarding workers in such exercises.
The meeting of the steering committee was adjourned till 12 noon today, 1st of August.
PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC)
PRESIDENT OF THE TRADE UNION CONGRESS (TUC)
CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER