The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the strike scheduled to commence today (Monday ).
This followed an agreement reached with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8 . 30pm on Sunday and ended at 2 :50 am this morning.
After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by the labour centres, the meeting agreed to suspend the application of the cost -reflective electricity tariff adjustments for two weeks.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige , read the five – page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour .
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart , Quadri Olaleye , amongst others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour , Chris Ngige ; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva ; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information , Lai Mohammed ; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government .
He said , “ Definitely correct.
We just left a press conference .
We signed a document to suspend the action for two weeks for the government to implement those things that we agreed in the agreement .
So , we are suspending for two weeks.
“ We don’ t need a notice again to re – convene if there is a need to do that . ”
The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries , Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.
It would work for a duration of two weeks effective September 28, to examine the justifications for the new policy “ in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost – reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC; metering deployment , challenges , timeline for massive rollout . ”
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The members of the committee include the Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) as Chairman ; Minister of State Power, Godwin Jedy – Agba; Chairman , National Electricity Regulatory Commission, James Momoh; Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure , Ahmad Zakari as the Secretary.
Other members are Onoho ’ Omhen Ebhohimhen , Joe Ajaero (NLC ) , Chris Okonkwo (TUC ) and a representative of electricity distribution companies .
The committee’ s terms of reference are to examine the justification for the new policy on cost – reflective electricity tariff adjustments ; to look at the different DISCOs and their different electricity tariff vis – à -vis NERC order and mandate ; examine and advise government on the issues that have hindered the deployment of the 6 million meters , among others.
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