Federal Government and Labor resume Meeting on Scrapping Fuel Subsidies

Representatives of the federal government and organized labor groups are meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja to resume talks on how to ease the harsh realities of fuel subsidy removal.

The meeting follows up on the previous session where some agreements were reached and the Labor Party agreed to suspend its planned strike until further talks are scheduled for today.

The meeting is expected to take a decision on the demands of the Organized Labor Organization and proposed solutions from the government to reduce the effects of the removal of subsidies.

In their latest meeting, the Federal Government and the two labor hubs, the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), agreed to continue their discussions on June 19.

The meeting is attended by an NLC delegation led by its president, Joe Ajaero; the TUC delegation led by its president, Festus Osifo; Presidential Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila; Special Advisor on Revenue Zahei Adedeji; Olu Verheijen, Special Adviser on Energy; and Kachall Daju, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Others are the Group Chief Executive Officer GCEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari; the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) Gbenga Komolafe; the CEO of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) Farouk Ahmed among others.

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