Labour Leaders Walk Out Of Meeting With FG Over Fuel Price Hike, Accuse Govt Of Insincerity

Labour leaders on Sunday, walked out of a meeting with the federal government over the recent hike in the pump price of fuel.

The meeting, which took place in Abuja, was a follow-up discussion on the resolutions reached at previous meetings on the previous increase in the price of fuel and electricity tariff.

The meeting, which began around 8pm, ended less than 30 minutes later as the labour leaders accused the government of not being sincere with the people.

Present at the meeting were Najeem Yasin, deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Quadri Olaleye, president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Olaleye, who spoke on the recent increase in the pump price of fuel to N170, lamented the recent increase, stating that discussions were ongoing from the previous meeting before the recent increase.

“Government is showing a high level of insincerity in discussions with us and is also putting us at risk with the people we are leading, with the masses. We find it difficult to move freely but the people in government are moving freely,” he said.

Also present at the meeting were Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment; Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour; Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, and Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.

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