Nigeria Labour Congress calls off strike

Martha Obi, Abuja

NLC President Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended the national strike called to protest the increase in the pump price of fuel and the hike in electricity tariffs.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba announced this in Abuja on Sunday night, after an emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council, NEC.

The union, in a statement read by its president, insisted on “the correctness of its position on the twin-issues of electricity tariff hike and astronomical increase in the pump price of PMS and the hardship they portend for Nigerian masses”.

It also said that “before it had embarked on the action, it had anticipated a provable outcome and therefore, was not surprised by government’s negative response”.

The NLC commended those who took part in the action and reaffirmed its commitment to the struggle.

Mr. Wabba added that ” Congress will resume negotiation with government on the twin-issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petroleum products and any other issue that may arise thereof.”

He said “Congress would continue to resist wrong legislation, policies and programs and would always act in the interest of Nigerians as it remains the only pan Nigerian organization not affected by religion, region, creed, partisanship.”