An eight-hour meeting involving the Federal Government, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, following the inability of the parties to reach a consensus.
While the organised labour was demanding the reversal of the hikes in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs, the Federal Government pleaded for understanding, saying it could not sustain the fuel subsidy.
Although the government team made presentations on its policies, it didn’t specify how the effects of the hikes in electricity and petroleum products would be alleviated.
Also on Tuesday, the TUC has said the indefinite strike and nationwide protest billed to commence from Wednesday, September 23, would hold as planned.
On the meeting, Keyamo said “For most of the day today, I, along with Sen. Dr. Chris Ngige, brokered the parley with FG officials and those of organised labour on the state of economy. Ministers of Works & Housing, Power, State (Power) & State (Petroleum) including heads of NNPC, NERC etc, were also present”