27 September 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabimila, has urged the Organized Labour to shelve its proposed strike over the increase in the prices of fuel and electricity.
Gbajabimila who made the call in Abuja during an intervention meeting with Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, said Nigerians that the Labour seeks to protect would be grossly affected by the intended industrial action.
The speaker who gave the assurance that the National Assembly was on the same page with the organized labor especially on the issue of electricity tariff, stressed the need for all involved to embrace dialogue in order to minimize the negative ripple effect it would have on the masses
Gbajabimila however promised the organised labour that its request of palliatives would be duly included in the 2021 budget estimates which would be submitted to the Legislature soonest by the Executive arm of Government.
Addressing newsmen after a closed door session with the leadership of the House, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, maintained that the organized labor will go on with the proposed strike if the Federal Government refuses to reverse its policy measures on the increment.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Leader of the House, Peter Apkatason, Chairman House Committee on Labor, Mohammed Wudil and the President of Trade Union Congress TUC, Quadri Olaleye.