Federal Government in Last-Minute Talks with Organized Labour to Avert Strike

Emergency Meeting to Prevent October 3 Strike

In a frantic effort to avert the looming nationwide strike scheduled for October 3, the federal government has initiated last-minute discussions with organized labour.

The crucial meeting is taking place in the Chief of Staff’s Conference Room at the State House in Abuja, as authorities seek to find common ground and potentially prevent the anticipated industrial action.

High-Stakes Negotiations Begin

The meeting commenced at 3:25 pm and was marked by the arrival of a prominent labour delegation, led by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero.

Joining him were representatives from the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), including Nuhu Toro and Emma Ugbaja.

The initial interactions paved the way for further deliberations behind closed doors.

Government’s Leadership at the Forefront

Driving the government’s efforts to reach a resolution is the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is spearheading the government’s delegation.

The team is composed of influential figures, including the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. Also present are key ministers, such as Simon Lalong (Minister of Labour and Employment), Nkeiruka Onyejecha (Minister of State), Wale Edun (Minister of Finance), Atiku Bagudu (Minister of Budget and Economic Planning), and Beta Edu (Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation).

The government’s commitment to resolving the dispute is evident in the significant representation of officials.

Inclusion of Ministry Directors

To ensure comprehensive discussions and informed decision-making, the meeting includes directors from the Ministry of Labour and Employment, offering valuable insights and expertise in addressing the pressing issues at hand.

As the clock ticks down to the scheduled strike date, the outcome of these high-stakes negotiations will determine whether a potentially disruptive industrial action can be averted, or if the nation will brace itself for the consequences of the impending strike.

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