The Presidency on Wednesday revealed that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have agreed to suspend further protests over the recent fuel subsidy removal and its adverse impact on citizens.
The alleged agreement came after a crucial meeting between the labour leaders and President Tinubu.
Tinubu held the meeting with the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, that of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Usifo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, and members of the labour unions.
According to Dele Alake, the spokesman for President Tinubu, the meeting yielded promising results.
“The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and that of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Usifo, held a meeting with President Bola Tinubu Wednesday evening at the State House, Abuja.
“Consequent upon the fruitful and frank discussion with President Tinubu and their confidence in his ability to encourage open and honest consideration of all the issues put forward by the Labour Movement, the Labour Leaders resolved to stop further protest.
“They opted for further constructive engagement with the government to resolve all outstanding issues as they affect the working people and Nigerians in general.
“President Tinubu gave his commitment to the Labour leaders that the Port Harcourt refineries will commence production by December 2023, following the completion of the ongoing rehabilitation contract between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) and the renowned Italian firm, Maire Tecnimont Spa.
“President Tinubu assured the Labour leaders that he would continue to work for the best interest of Nigeria while pleading with the Labour leaders to join hands with him to birth a better and economically buoyant country,” Alake stated.