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May 18, 2016 ( Post 1 )

Despite an order of the National Industrial
Court restraining the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from
going ahead with their planned strike to protest the hike in price of petrol, the strike
will go ahead as planned on Wednesday,
labour officials have said.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Peter
Ozo-Eson, on Tuesday night told PREMIUM
TIMES that from all indications the strike
would go on as planned.

On the meeting with the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Babachir
Lawal, earlier convened to attempt to broker
a last minute truce on the matter, Mr. Ozo-
Eson said the meeting was yet to hold at
about 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

“There was no resolution yet. We are just
going for the meeting now. ,” the NLC scribe
said on telephone interview. “We have been
meeting on our own on matters that are
important to us. It is clear the strike will go
ahead as planned,” Mr. Ozo-Eson told
PREMIUM TIMES on telephone on his way
to the venue of the meeting.

He however assured that an official statement would be issued on the final position after what promises to be an all-night meeting.

The General Executive Secretary of Medical
and Health Workers Union, north central,
Richard Gbamwuan, in an interview with this
newspaper, shortly after an emergency NEC
meeting of the NLC held in Abuja on
Tuesday, said that they were going ahead
with the proposed strike.

“We have resolved to go ahead with the protest nationwide,as far as we are concerned,we are yet to be aware of any court injunction," he said.

“And if there is any court injunction, we are just doing what federal government is fond of doing. The same Industrial court had stopped federal government from increasing electric tariff but till date federal government ignored us, they still went ahead, so we are
embarking on the protest."

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami, had earlier on Tuesday
approached the Industrial Court on behalf of
federal government to stop the proposed
strike by the organized labour.

Meanwhile, various union leaders in Plateau State said they were ready to comply fully with the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC to embark on a nationwide protest on Nigeria.

The union leaders spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in Jos,Plateau state, on Tuesday, barely 24 hours to the deadline issued to the government to reverse the pump price of petrol to N86.50 by midnight, Tuesday.

The state director, Civil Society Organizations, Steve Aluko, on behalf of NLC, TUC and CSO, in an interview, said they were ready for a showdown with the government, until the
new pump price of N145 per litre was reversed to 86.50 Naira.

Mr. Aluko said allied unions had been briefed and directed to mobilise for the protest en masse.“NECs of the NLC, TUC and CSO’s met, and harmonized the positions, that a complete reversal of prices PMS, high electricity tariff and commencement of a structured inclusive multi-stakeholders dialogue process; by 12am on Tuesday,all members are to commence a general strike and Mass Action on Wednesday.”

The chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau State,Yakubu Taddy, said members of the union were ready to participate in the protest, but urged that it should be
peaceful.
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FULL MEANING OF BUHARI

B- be patient my fellow Nigerians
U- under my govt, the change is about to begin
H- hurry not, the change happens gradually
A- ALMIGHTY is my witness, i mean no harm
R- removing SUBSIDY was done for good
I- Insha ALLAH everytin will b over!

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