Fuel Price Hike: FG Reaches Agreement With Ajaero-Led NLC

Fuel Price, Labour, NLC, Petrol Price, Proposed strikeThe federal government has reached an agreement with the Joe Ajaero led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to set up a committee to resolve agitations over the new pump price of petrol.

The committee is expected to address the downward review of the pump price, determine new minimum wage and consult with the PPPRA for effective price regulation of petroleum products.

The committee is to submit its report in two weeks.

The Ayuba Wabba led faction of the NLC were also meeting with representatives of the federal government at the time but the meeting ended in a deadlock, with Mr Wabba thereafter insisting that the strike will hold on Wednesday as planned.

The NLC has expressed concern over the new price of 145 naira per litre which has been  implemented by the PPPRA.

Labour Divided

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have been divided over the threat to embark on the national industrial action in an attempt to coerce the government to revert the increase in price of petrol.

While some groups in the camp of the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Waba, are not sure whether the strike would hold or not, pending the outcome of their rescheduled meeting with the government on Tuesday, both the Electricity Workers Union, NUPENG and their allies are backing down on the proposed strike.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, led a team of ministers and other government officials to dialogue with the workers union at separate meetings to resolve labour agitations since the pump price of petrol was increased from 86.50 Naira to 145 Naira last Wednesday.

The Executive Secretary of the Electricity Workers Union, Joe Ajaero, speaking on behalf of the leadership of the unions, disassociated themselves from the proposed strike of the NLC.

Industrial Court

The National Industrial Court, earlier on Tuesday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from going on its planned strike on Wednesday, pending the hearing and determination of a suit brought before it by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, had dragged the NLC to the Industrial Court, seeking an order of the court restraining the NLC from proceeding with the planned strike.

He had sought the order on the ground that the strike would paralyse the nation’s economy.

No counsel represented the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The court directed the applicant to dialogue with the NLC towards an amicable resolution of their dispute.

The case was adjourned to May 24 for hearing of the motion on notice.

Labour Unions Divided Over Threats To Embark On Strike

Labour, NLC, Petrol Price, Proposed strikeThe leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), an umbrella body of workers union movement in Nigeria, is divided over the threat it issued on Saturday that it will embark on a national industrial action in an attempt to coerce the government to revert the increase in price of petrol.

While some groups in the camp of the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Waba, are not sure whether the strike will hold or not, pending the out-come of a rescheduled meeting with the government on Tuesday, both the Electricity Workers Union, NUPENG and their allies are backing down on the proposed strike.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, led a team of ministers and other government officials to dialogue with the workers union at separate meetings to resolve labour agitations since the pump price of petrol was increased from 86.50 Naira to 145 Naira last Wednesday.

The President of the NLC and his team went into the meeting with the Federal Government officials on Monday.

After the closed-door meeting that lasted for hours, the SGF said the meeting was adjourned to 5:00pm, local time on Tuesday for further deliberations.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are uncertain whether or not to continue with their earlier strike warnings.

After the meeting with the NLC the SGF also held a meeting with the leadership of NUPENG, Electricity Workers Union and their own allies.

Before the closed-door session, Governor Adams Oshiomole appealed to the union leaders to see reasons with government’s decisions to increase the price of petrol.

When the meeting ended, the SGF told reporters that the deliberations were fruitful even though the meeting was also adjourned.

The Executive Secretary of the Electricity Workers Union, Joe Ajaero, speaking on behalf of the leadership of the unions, disassociated themselves from the proposed strike of the NLC.

As it stands, the workers unions are divided over the proposed strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday, but they all agreed that the government should define measures to cushion the effects of the increase.

The four-day ultimatum issued to the government by the NLC to revert to the old petrol price of 86.50 Naira will end on Tuesday night.

New Petrol Pump Price Enjoys High Compliance Nationwide

petrolThere seems be high compliance level for the new pump price of petrol across the country.

This is according to Channels TV correspondents, who visited petrol stations across the country.

While petrol is selling at between 86 naira and 86.50 in Abuja, the product is selling for N87 per litre in Kano.

Many petrol stations in the Federal Capital Territory have been nearly empty with just two to three cars at the fuel pumps at a time.

At the NNPC filling station visited, the pump price was 86 naira per litre and the station manager who spoke off camera said that the new pump price was put in place as soon as government announced the reduction.

Other filling stations visited; Conoil, Oando, Forte Oil, were selling at N86.50k per litre.

Vehicle owners buying at the new rate said that they were happy that the product was available whether or not there is a reduction in pump price.

They also said that the 50 kobo reduction would be taken as a sign of better things to come.

However, one customer asked that federal government pay attention also to the pump price and availability of kerosene which he said is used by a greater number of Nigerians, especially the poor.

For the oil majors in Lagos, they have reverted to the approved rate of N86.50k, while the same may not be said of independent marketers who are still selling above the recommended retail price.

The situation seems to be bad in Ogun State where the product is still selling for between N110 and N120 per litre except for the capital city, Abeokuta where the NNPC mega station is selling at the new pump price.

Stop Panic Buying, NNPC Urges Nigerians

NNPCThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged Nigerians to stop the panic buying of petrol across the country.

Most filling stations in Abuja and other parts of the country have been inundated with cars forming long queues in an attempt to get petrol.

However, in a statement signed by the Spokesman of the NNPC, Mr Ohi Alegbe, the NNPC said that there is adequate product to last the country for 23 days.

The statement put the quantity of petrol stock at over 927 million litres.

The statement further warned marketers not to engage in products hoarding and diversion as the monitoring committee from the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) is empowered to sanction anyone engaging in sharp practices.

The NNPC had on Monday said that there was no iota of truth in the news making the rounds that the organisation had reduced the pump price of fuel.

The Group General Manager of NNPC, Ohi Aligbe told Channels Television on Monday that stories about the pump price being reduced has gone viral on the internet, but maintained that pump price of petrol remains 87 naira per litre.

NNPC Denies Slashing Petrol Pump Price

NNPC The NNPC says there is no iota of truth in the news making the rounds that the organisation has reduced the pump price of fuel.

The Group General Manager of NNPC, Ohi Aligbe told Channels Television on Monday that stories about the pump price being reduced has gone viral on the internet, but maintained that pump price of petrol remains 87 naira per litre.

He called the rumour the handiwork of detractors, saying that the management is not contemplating price reduction as at now.