- Governor Nyesom Wike is excited that the planned protest of the labour unions in Rivers state has been called off
- The governor said the opposition were disappointed with the last-minute decision of the labour unions
- Governor Wike was referring to the APC, his major political rivals in Rivers state
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has mocked his political opponents, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying they were disappointed over the last-minute decision by Organised Labour to suspend a planned protest in the state.
He said his detractors and opposition parties expected workers to shut down the state and plunge it into crisis.
Labour unions in Rivers had planned to organise a mass protest in the state before the governor intervened and met with their national leaders.
After the meeting, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, addressed the press and announced the postponement of the protest.
Reacting, Governor Wike said he was satisfied at the resolution of all contending issues between labour and his government.
“All the issues were mere understandings and now that they have understood our position, they said they have to suspend the protest.
“So for me, I am happy that there was nothing like conflict at the end of the day, those of them who were thinking that Rivers state will be shut down were highly disappointed,” commissioner for information, Paulinus Nsirim, quoted the governor in a statement sent to journalists.
As part of the deal, the Rivers government said it would pay the salaries withheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action.
The government also stated that it would not victimise any worker for taking part in the industrial dispute.
Meanwhile, Labour unions in the country are planning to go on strike over the recent increase in the price of petrol. The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are reportedly consulting civil society allies and relevant organs of labour towards the planned strike.
Wabba, the president of NLC on Thursday, September 3, said both labour unions would soon deliberate on how to carry out the planned industrial action, describing the increment of the pump price of petrol as a harsh and anti-people policy.
Legit.ng had earlier quoted the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as saying the angry reactions that have greeted the latest prices of petrol are “unnecessary and totally mischievous.”
“The government can no longer afford fuel subsidy, as revenues and foreign exchange earnings have fallen by almost 60%, due to the downturn in the fortunes of the oil sector. Yet, the government has had to sustain expenditures, especially on salaries and capital projects,” Alhaji Mohammed informed journalists at a briefing in Abuja on Monday, September 7.
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