…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The Federal Government, led by Bola Tinubu, and organized labour reconvened at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss measures aimed at mitigating the consequences of the removal of subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Committees Established to Implement Interventions
Following the meeting, Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, addressed State House correspondents.
He revealed that steering and technical committees had been set up to facilitate the planned interventions for Nigerians.
Alake stated that the meeting reviewed the demands presented by labour during their previous discussions, after which they went back to consult their executives.
Today’s meeting focused on going through the demands and categorizing them into three groups: those requiring immediate attention, those achievable in the medium term, and those in the long term.
Role of Newly Established Committees
The committees established, as per Tinubu’s aide, will play a crucial role in realizing the government’s vision of providing interventions to alleviate the impact of subsidy removal.
A steering committee will serve as a clearinghouse, while other committees consisting of representatives from both government and labour will work together harmoniously and efficiently.
Alake emphasized the importance of these committees, stating that they will collaboratively arrive at the final resolution of all labour demands and government interventions.
Commitment to Timely Assessment and Action
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajero, and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Festus Osifo, confirmed the establishment of the steering and technical committees.
They further announced that the committees would commence their work immediately and aim to complete the assessments within an eight-week timeframe.
The collaborative efforts between the Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government and organized labour reflect a commitment to addressing the repercussions of subsidy removal on PMS.
The establishment of the steering and technical committees signifies a proactive approach towards developing interventions that will alleviate the impact on Nigerians.
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