The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the Federal Government and Labour Unions to find immediate solutions to the differences that led to a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress embarking on a strike.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Wednesday’s plenary, announced that the lawmakers reached the decision during an over 30 minutes executive session where several issues of national importance were discussed.
According to Ekweremadu, the Senate was interested in ensuring that Nigerians did not suffer hardship resulting from the strike.
“The Senate in a closed door session deliberated on the nationwide strike by labour and the ways of resolving the issues to avoid untold hardship on Nigerians. We also mandated the committee on Labour under the chairmanship of Senator Mohammed Nasif to continue to interface with both government and labour for an early resolution of all the matters,” he said.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) began a nationwide strike today, Wednesday, to protest the recent increase in the pump price of petrol from =N=87 to =N=145 per liter.
However, the strike is not full blown as various factions of the NLC and other civil society groups had pulled out of the strike arguing that it was unnecessary.
After the closed door session, the Senate considered five bills for first reading.
The bills were the National Institute of Credit Administrators Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator Ben Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) and Chartered Institute of Finance and Control Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator David Umaru (APC Niger East).
Others are Insurance Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator Umaru Kurfi and National Health Insurance Act CAP 2003 (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2016 sponsored by Senator Olarenwaju Tejuoso (APC Ogun Central).
The Senate also considered for first reading, the Engineering Council Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 jointly sponsored by Sen. Ibrahim Gobir (APC Sokoto East) and Sen. Barnabas Gemade (APC Benue North-East).
The Senate also paid their last respect to the late Oba of Benin, and the six medical doctors and their driver from Ekiti state, who were involved in a ghastly motor accident along Abuja-Kaduna road on April 24.
The demise of His Royal Majesty Omo N’oba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Eradiauwa, the Oba of Benin was announced on April 29, 2016.
The Senate thereafter adjourned plenary to Tuesday, next week.