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Labour suspends nationwide strike and protests

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its planned nationwide strike that was scheduled to start out today, Monday, September 28, in protest against the hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariff.

The strike was suspended after reaching a consensus with the federal government early Monday morning at a gathering between both parties.

The government, during a meeting which dragged until 2 a.m this morning and led by the Secretary to the govt of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had agreed to suspend the electricity tariff for 2 weeks while a committee comprising labour and government representatives will advise further.

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) earlier tweeted that there was hope the economic crisis might be avoided.

He wrote within the early hours of Monday: "Still negotiating with labour at exactly 12.34am. Some progress are made. Concrete proposals on the table from each side . Details being worked on by the temporary Secretariat. Gradually moving towards some extent of convergence. Let’s hope...

Keyamo later tweeted that the strike has been suspended.

He wrote: "FG & LABOUR reach agreement at 2:53am. Deregulation to remain as Govt rolls out palliatives for labour (details in 2 weeks); Electricity tariffs suspended by Govt for two weeks with a joint Committee headed by @fkeyamo to look at the justification for the new policy. Strike suspended.








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