- A Nigerian Bishop, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, told the leadership of the labour unions not to relent in their negotiation over the increase in the fuel and electricity tariff
- The cleric urged the labour to fight for the rights of Nigerians without any compromise
- Nwokolo begged the labour and the government to be sincere and transparent in the negotiation
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Following the recent increase in petrol price and electricity tariff, a prominent Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, has advised the organised labour not to betray Nigerians in their negotiation with the federal government.
Vanguard reports that the cleric who is the Bishop of Anglican Diocese on the Niger reminded the labour unions that Nigerians are angry on account of the hardship they are passing through on daily basis.
Legit.ng gathered that Nigerians would not tolerate any manner of insincerity and sellout in the course of the negotiation by the labour leaders.
The Bishop, who spoke on the sideline of the inauguration of 133 Knights and Ladies of St Christopher and five Dames of Diocese, begged the labour and the government to be sincere and transparent and approach the issues with open minds for the good of Nigerians.
“The anger of Nigerian stems from the hardship they are going through in all aspects of life and past disappointments from the organized labour; the leadership of the organised labour should therefore use the ongoing negotiation with the federal government to assuage Nigerians.
"The Nigerian masses are using the ongoing negotiation as a test case for them, and therefore they should not disappoint the people. The organised labour, particularly the NLC and TUC, should know that Nigerians are watching them as they negotiate with the federal government for their welfare.
''Nigerians are angry and will never tolerate any kind of sellout as there is punishment for such action from Nigerians. Nigerians expect them to be firm in negotiating for their welfare."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that labour unions in the country suspended their planned nationwide strike scheduled for Monday, September 28, over the hike in the pump price of fuel and electricity tariff.
It was reported that the strike was suspended after the federal government reached an agreement with the unions following negotiations that lasted several hours.
The minister of state, labour, and employment, Festus Keyamo, tweeted that as part of the negotiations, the government would suspend the electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy.
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