The senate president has met with Labour leaders to discuss a way forward since the start of a nationwide strike against the hike in petrol price.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has met Labour leaders over the nationwide strike as he discussed on ways for a truce. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, and his team discussed with Saraki for about 40 minutes behind closed-doors on Thursday evening in order to reach an agreement.
Speaking after the meeting, Wabba maintained that the strike will continue, he said: “We are trying to engage government in negotiations essentially about the trade issue, about the electricity tariff but importantly about the increase in the pump price of PMS from N87 to N145 and we have assured the Senate President that at no point had we walked out on the government.
“In fact, when those issues were presented and the position of government was made known to us, we did not actually agree and we requested that we excused them.
“We have not at any point walked out on government and we are still open to discussion and dialogue because we are also doing this in the best interest of all of us as working class and also the larger population of citizens.
“But as things are now, the strike continues until needed resolutions are arrived at in further negotiations with the Federal Government.”
Also speaking, the Senate President Bukola Saraki said: “I am happy to report that the NLC has shown its commitment to continue to dialogue with government and our role is to see that we facilitate and ensure that the dialogue can address the issues.
“I am encouraged by what they have said and confident that we would be able to do this. We will play our own role in facilitating and ensuring that we can bring the two parties together so that we can find a lasting solution that will reduce the hardships that Nigerians are going through.”