Nigeria Update: Federal Government Uses Meetings As Pretext To Deceive Nigerians – NLC
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Friday stormed out of the meeting of the Presidential Steering Committee on subsidy palliatives that was scheduled to take place at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, had led his delegation to the Chief of Staff’s office, venue of the meeting at about 5pm, but the meeting could not hold as there was no quorum.
Recall that the Steering Committee meeting had met with the government delegation on Wednesday where the two parties agreed to reconvene on Friday to get brief from the three subcommittees set up to look into various demands.
The Steering Committee was set up by the government to come up with palliatives that would cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on the workers.
The labour union accused the federal government of using the meetings as a pretext to deceive Nigerians.
Report says three subcommittees, the Mass Transit, the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Cash transfer subcommittees, were supposed to be present to brief the Steering Committee on the measures put in place to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on the workers.
The labour leaders claimed that government officials, who are members the subcommittees were nowhere to be found.
The botched meeting would have been the fourth on the series of meetings they have held since the implementation of the petroleum subsidy removal.
Source: Sahara Reporters.