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Fuel Price Hike Reps ask labour to call-off strike

The resolution was moved by Hon. Nicholas Ossai, during a meeting with the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on Monday, May 16, 2016.

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Chambers of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

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The House of Representatives have called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve their planned protest against the recent increment in the pump price of fuel.

The Federal Government announced the removal of subsidy and a subsequent increase in price of petrol to N145 on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The resolution was moved by Hon. Nicholas Ossai, during a meeting with the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on Monday, May 16, 2016.

The lawmakers also set up a committee to meet with labour and government to reach an agreement so the strike can be averted.

The ad hoc committee is headed by the House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa.

Meanwhile, negotiations between the Federal Government and labour ended in a deadlock.

According to reports, labour insisted that the government should increase the minimum wage of workers.

The government on the other hand, argued that the call for an increase in minimum wage was ill timed.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced that it will embark on a nationwide strike on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, to protest the increase in the fuel pump price from N86 and N86.50k to N145 per litre by the Federal Government.

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