The Federal Government has invited leaders of the organized labour in the country for a meeting today.
The meeting is to hold in an effort to avoid the nationwide strike being planned by organised labour and its civil society allies over the new pump price of petrol.
The meeting which is scheduled to hold by 10am today at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will see labour leaders and representatives of the government discuss modalities to reach an agreement on the issue and prevent the strike action.
Expected at the meeting are all stakeholders, including leaders of NLC, TUC, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, as well as leaders of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN.
Also, the House of Representatives will today, hold a special plenary session to deliberate on the recent fuel price increase.
The House has invited the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to appear before it during the session and offer explanations on the controversial subsidy removal.
Earlier, leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in alliance with their trade union counterparts, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) as well as civil society allies had on Saturday, given the government up till midnight Tuesday to reverse the pump price to the previous N86.50 price as at Wednesday last week, or face a nationwide strike and street protests.
Last Friday, both PENGASSAN and NUPENG had had their joint National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Calabar, Cross River State where they declared their support for deregulation of the downstream sector of the nation’s petroleum industry,
Leaders of the nation’s oil workers were however of the opinion that a nationwide strike was not the immediate solution to last Wednesday’s hike in the pump price of petrol.
It is hoped that the outcome of the meeting between the federal government and labour leaders will see a resolution of the present fuel subsidy row and a possible call off of strike action by labour.