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NLC-TUC suspend strike after new deal with FG on electricity, fuel prices

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have suspended the proposed nationwide strike scheduled to begin Monday (today) following a last minute agreement reached with the Federal Government in the early hours, a document with the signatures of the labour leaders has shown.

Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo in an announcement after sealing the deal with the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa said with this development, “strike suspended” by the Labour unions.

The NLC and TUC are yet to formally comment or withdraw their actions though the agreement document containing the signatures of the labour leaders has been circulated by the Federal Government.

“STRIKE BEGINS TOMMOROW MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, UNLESS OUR DEMANDS ARE MET – NLC”, the last post on the Twitter handle of the NLC still remained in place hours after the signing of the agreement by the Ayuba Wabba-led national executive of the NLC.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, TUC President, Quadri Olaleye and other NLC-TUC leaders at the agreement signing at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja during the early hours of Monday.
Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige and other members of the Federal Executive Council at the talks with Labour leaders in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Monday.

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari confirmed the signing of the agreement that led to the suspension of the strike.

“We reached accord to suspend¹ the planned strike action, great responsibility for both Govt and Labour, all serving the common good, beneficial challenge for NNPC, we will follow through diligently”, Kyari said.”

TUC leadership is yet to also comment on the new development despite signing the agreement with the government.

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