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Strike action: Nigeria governors to hold emergency meeting with labour leaders

Following the refusal of the Federal Government to rescind its decision on the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products and electricity, 36 state governors in Nigeria have planned to hold an emergency meeting with the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over strike action threat.

Recall that the labour union announced that it would proceed with its planned nationwide protest with effect from Sept. 28 over Federal Government refusal to reverse the hikes in electricity tariff and fuel pump price.

The proposed meeting was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Bello-Barkindo said that the emergency meeting scheduled for 6pm on Thursday would seek ways of settling the rift and find a mutual agreement.

He said that all governors were expected to attend the first NGF emergency virtual teleconference to consider the matter which he described as of urgent national importance.

Bello-Barkindo said that the matter needs to be quickly resolved in order not to worsen the already bad situation of Nigerians as caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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