President Bola Tinubu has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to set aside their planned strike against the removal of fuel subsidy.
The organized labor had set Tuesday, October 3, as the start date for an indefinite strike due to the fuel subsidy removal.
However, during a public lecture and special Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque in Abuja to commemorate the country’s 63rd independence anniversary, Tinubu, represented by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Jibrin Barau, appealed to the workers not to go ahead with the strike.
The President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to mitigating the impact of fuel subsidy removal.
In a statement by the media aide to the Deputy Senate President, Ismail Mudashir, he said, “The Sultan has talked about the issue of strike by the NLC. I also call, on behalf of His Excellency, the President, and the entire government, on the labour leaders to shelve the strike.
“Let’s dialogue, let’s sit together, let’s understand ourselves, and let’s look at the prevailing situation in the country. How do we meet this country, the challenges ahead and the current challenges? It is through dialogue that we can solve our problems collectively.”
While stating that the government was new and working hard to bring succour to Nigerians,” he added, “It has set aside N500bn and other packages are being unveiled to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal. Therefore, we need to support and pray for the government.”
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