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Fuel Subsidy: Federal Government Meeting With NLC, TUC Ends In Deadlock

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The meeting between Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Federal Government has ended without reaching a consensus. Representatives of the Federal Government included Dele Alake, the spokesperson for President Bola Tinubu; and the Group CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari. Other government officials present were the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele; and former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.


The Organised Labour was represented by the NLC National President, Joe Ajaero; and the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Festus Osifo. 

This was disclosed by Dele Alake, spokesperson to the President while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting between NLC, TUC, and the Federal Government. 

Speaking on Wednesday night, Alake said the meeting was engaging but, he did not provide details. 

In his words, “We have been deliberating on finding very amicable resolutions to the issue at hand —to the queues and all of that and the increase in pump price.” 

“We had a very robust engagement. We cross-fertilised ideas, ideas flew from all sides and there is one thing that is remarkable even from the labour side — and that is Nigeria. We are all looking at the peace, progress and stability of Nigeria. That is what is paramount. 

“Of course, the NNPCL GCEO, Mr Kyari, is here, we cannot go into details now because the talks are still ongoing. 

“We cannot finish everything at one setting, so we have adjourned now, we are continuing the talks at a later date very shortly. But the point is that the talks are ongoing and it’s always better for all sides to keep talking with a view to arriving at a very amicable resolution that will be in the longer-term interest for all Nigerians. That is as much as we can say now.”