Bear With Us, Suspend Nationwide Strike – FG Begs Labour Union

Published On: September 26, 2020, 8:47 pm (1 month ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Nigerian government on Saturday appealed to labour union to suspend its planned nationwide strike over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariff.

Recall the government and the organised labour, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), failed to reach an agreement on Thursday over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs in the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Saturday said the timing of the increase in the petroleum and power sectors was a necessary coincidence and not a plan by the government to increase the current economic realities of Nigerians.

Lai Mohammed, addressing online publishers in Lagos. asked Nigerians to bear with the government at such a time, adding that more prosperous years are ahead.

He mentioned that the deregulation of the petroleum sector will save the country trillions of Naira, which will then be used to provide modern infrastructures for the benefit of Nigerians.

He said: “We wish to appeal to organize labour to shelve its planned strike, which can only bring more hardship to ordinary Nigerians.

“The timing of these two necessary adjustments, , has raised some concerns among Nigerians and reinforced the false narrative that the government is insensitive to the plight of the citizens. This is a mere coincidence. First, the deregulation of PMS prices was announced on 18 March 2020, and the price modulation that took place at the beginning of this month was just part of the on-going monthly adjustments to global crude oil prices.

“Also, the review of service-based electricity tariffs was scheduled to start at the beginning of July 2020 but was put on hold so that further studies and proper arrangements can be made. Like Mr. President said at the opening of the last Ministerial Retreat, this government is not insensitive to the current economic difficulties our people are going through and the very tough economic situation we face as a nation. We certainly will not inflict hardship on our people. But we are convinced that if we stay focused on our plans, brighter and more prosperous days will come soon.
“We thank Nigerians for their understanding, and wish to appeal to them to please bear with the government. The deregulation of the petroleum sector will save the country trillions of Naira, which can then be used to provide modern infrastructures for the benefit of the people. It will also spur investments in the petroleum industry, especially in the building of local refineries which will result in lower fuel prices.

“Also, the service-based electricity tariff adjustment and the ongoing work by German company Siemens to boost power supply in Nigeria will help end the perennial power problem in the country. I remind you that under the three-phase Siemens deal, Nigerians will enjoy 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by the end of 2021 (phase 1), 11,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase.”

-- dopygenius Online (m) at 27-09-2020 01:24 AM
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Please whatever he says,don't you believe him...he is a bloody liar Angry
-- kellyonly (m) at 27-09-2020 06:54 AM
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Nigeria govmnt are liaaaars, can you hear this man" that 2023 there will be 25,000 megawatt of electricity, the same thing they said in 1999 till date, we are still strugling with 2,500 megawatt. Even if they increase fuel to 200 per liter, in 2030 Infrastructure will be worst than the one in existence now because all the money will end up in their private bank sccount, Nigerians will continue to suffer
-- Wazubia (m) at 27-09-2020 08:32 AM
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-- gogoman (m) at 27-09-2020 02:29 PM
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una no well for Abuja!!! bear with u till we reach 100yrs abi