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Labour leaders walk out of meeting with FG over fuel price hike

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Labour leaders, on Sunday, walked out of a meeting with the Federal government over the recent hike in the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS).

The Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) had, in a memo dated November 11, 2020, increased the ex-depot price of petrol to N155.15 per litre from N147.67 — the increase took effect on November 13.

Following the increase, the product now sells between N165 and N170 per litre.

The meeting, which took place in Abuja, was a follow-up discussion on the resolutions reached at previous meetings on the increase in the price of fuel and electricity tariff.

The meeting, which began around 8pm, ended less than 15 minutes later as the labour leaders accused the government of not being sincere with the people.

Among those present at the meeting were Deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Najeem Yasin and President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye

Olaleye, who spoke on the recent increase in the pump price of fuel, expressed sadness that discussions were ongoing from the previous meeting before the fresh hike.

“Government is showing a high level of insincerity in discussions with us and is also putting us at risk with the people we are leading — with the masses. We find it difficult to move freely, but the people in government are moving freely,” he said.

Also present at the meeting were Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment; Chris Ngige, minister of state for labour; Festus Keyamo, minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva and Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha

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