There are intense moves by government to avert a massive workers’ strike over the fuel price increase – from N86.50kobo to N145 – began at the weekend.

Labour unions are planning to go on strike as from Wednesday to force a reversal of the increase. But the Federal Government is calling for talks to stop the action.

It was learnt that the government has been working very hard to convince labour leaders to shelve the strike.

The government has said the new price regime came about because there is  no forex for importers who must now source for their forex from secondary sources and import in a deregulated environment.

But labour seems adamant ,it has called on Nigerians to stockpile food items in readiness for the mother of all strike.

Speaking on a live television interview last night,the Vice President of the NLC,said the government MUST revert to the old price of N86 before any meaningful negotiation could start.

When asked to comment on the position of NUPENG and PENGASSAN which has opted out of the strike.

The labour leader said the officers of the Unions didn’t have the mandate of the union to issue such statement, stating that the two Unions will be part of thye strike come Wednesday.

It is yet to be seen who blinks first between the Unions and Federal government.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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