With barely four days of nationwide industrial action, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has summoned an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee in Abuja on Sunday to deliberate on the ongoing strike and the way forward.
According to the General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, the major organs of the congress would meet to appraise the indefinite strike called to protest the recent increase in the fuel pump price from N86.5 to N145.
“We should be meeting some of our organs tomorrow (Sunday) evening. Both organs, (the NEC and the National Working Committee) will meet. We want to be able to have good information and first and information across the country, as to know where we are and where we are going,” he said.
Ozo-Eson also stated that the Federal Government had not contacted the congress for talks after the meeting of the delegation from the APC with the NLC.
He said, “There has been no such move and no communication from them (the government).
Another meeting is expected to hold on Monday and presided by the National Administrative Council NAC, an organ of elected officers and the NEC, comprising representatives of all the Congress affiliates across the country.
Speaking on the matter, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba said that Sunday’s meeting was meant to deliberate on the proposal by a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during his visit to the NLC secretariat in Abuja on Friday to appeal for the calling off of the strike.
Wabba also said that the decision to suspend or call off the strike could only be taken by the appropriate organ of the congress empowered to negotiate with government.
The warning strike action which started last Wednesday appeared to have been apparently a failure in most states of the federation, as Nigerians ignored the call by the NLC and went about their normal businesses throughout the three days of the strike.