Representatives of the Labour union yesterday walked out of a meeting with the Federal Government.
This happened barely five minutes after it started. The president of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Quadri Olaleye, told Channels Television that contrary to speculations, palliatives were not on the meeting agenda. Rather, the hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariffs were the pressing issues on the agenda.
Olaleye accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of dishonesty and of painting the organised labour union in a bad light before the general public.
He said, “This meeting is not going to be as usual. Why, because we have seen the insincerity of the government and it’s putting us at risk. They are taking us for a ride, which cannot continue.
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“We are in the process of discussing, for over three months now. And they made an announcement increasing the fuel price again. And no other person than NNPC. When has authority been given to NNPC to increase the price of PMS? This is unacceptable.
“The meeting agenda is not well prioritised. And because of that, we are leaving the meeting. We will not continue, we will go back to our organ, and we are going to get back to you on the next line of action.”
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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government alongside the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, Minister of state for power, Goddy Agba and the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha.