Among the agreements reached on June 5 was the establishment of a joint committee to review the proposal for wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
On Monday, negotiations resumed between the Federal Government and Organised Labour regarding the recent removal of petroleum subsidy. Both parties reconvened at the conference room of the Chief of Staff for a follow-up on the previous session held on June 5. During that session, some agreements were reached, leading Labour to suspend its planned strike until further talks scheduled for today, June 19.
Present at the meeting were the delegation of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its President, Joe Ajaero, and a delegation of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), led by its President, Festus Osifo. Also in attendance were the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Special Adviser to the President on Revenue, Zachaeus Adedeji, the Special Adviser to the President on Energy, Olu Verheijen, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachallom Daju. Other participants included the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Gbenga Komolafe, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, among others.
Among the agreements reached on June 5 was the establishment of a joint committee to review the proposal for wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation. Additionally, the Federal Government, the TUC, and the NLC were to review the World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme, propose the inclusion of low-income earners in the program, and revive the previously agreed Compressed Natural Gas conversion program with Labor centers in 2021.