UPDATED: FG locked in crucial meeting with NLC, TUC over nationwide strike


Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC)

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The federal government of Nigeria has met with the executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, over the ongoing nationwide strike.

The meeting took place at the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.

Those in attendance are the Minister of Labour Simon Bako Lalong, Minister of State Hon. Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha and NSA Nuhu Ribadu.

Also in attendance are labour leaders led by TUC President, Festus Osifo, NLC Secretary General Emmanuel Ugboaja and other Labour leaders.

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Following their meeting with the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress will hold a joint extraordinary National Executive Council meeting by 7 pm today.

The National Vice President of the TUC, Tommy Etim, disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja.

Etim disclosed that the NSA briefed the leadership of the organised labour on the steps taken so far adding that the union leaders were satisfied with the NSA’s steps so far.

“We commend the steps taken so far by the NSA. He made us understand that he didn’t see the issue on the ground as a political fight. He also noted that two people have been arrested in line with the brutalisation of Ajaero. Initially, the government felt the strike would not hold. They were shocked to see that we went ahead with our threats.

“We are going to have an extraordinary joint NEC this evening by 7pm and I can tell you there is hope,” he said.

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