After a meeting with Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu, the labour leaders in the country, led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, have reversed their decision to continue and enforce a protest, against the rising cost of living in the country, and also the fuel price hike.
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The President, a distinguished politician, has prior to the start of the labour protest yesterday, made a public passionate plea to the citizens to give his government, a little more time, to fix things and alleviate the suffering of the people.
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After a half day protest, of which people are still undecided whether it was effective or not, the Labour leaders walked into a meeting with the president and came out happy to give the President a chance.
But that also came with a price, as the president has been given time, to fix the Portharcourt refinery.
A relieved, Dele Alake, the President’s right hand man, and Special Adviser to the President, rolled out the press statement below:
STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT
LABOUR UNIONS TO SUSPEND FURTHER PROTEST AFTER FRUITFUL MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TINUBU
The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and that of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Usifo, held a meeting with President Bola Tinubu Wednesday evening at the State House, Abuja.
Consequent upon the fruitful and frank discussion with President Tinubu and their confidence in his ability to encourage open and honest consideration of all the issues put forward by the Labour Movement, the Labour Leaders resolved to stop further protest.
They opted for further constructive engagement with the government to resolve all outstanding issues as they affect the working people and Nigerians in general.
President Tinubu gave his commitment to the Labour leaders that the Port Harcourt refineries will start production by December 2023 after the completion of the ongoing rehabilitation contract between NNPCL and Italian firm, Maire Tecnimont SpA.
President Tinubu assured the Labour leaders that he would continue to work for the best interest of Nigeria while pleading with the Labour leaders to join hands with him to birth a better and economically buoyant country.
Special Duties, Communications & Strategy
August 3, 2023