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FOR THE RECORD: The resolutions that made NLC suspend nationwide strike

FOR THE RECORD: The resolutions that made NLC suspend nationwide strike
September 28
12:30 2020

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) suspended the nationwide strike scheduled to begin on Monday after a meeting with the federal government.

According to a communique released at the end of the meeting, the labour unions reached a number of resolutions with the federal government

For posterity purposes, TheCable has extracted the resolutions reached by both sides.

  • A fund to be accessed by 240,000 workers under the NLC and TUC for use in agricultural ventures through the Central Bank of Nigeria and the ministry of agriculture
  • No tax on minimum wage as a way of cushioning the effect of the pandemic on the lowest vulnerable
  • FG to provide 133 compressed natural gas and liquified petroleum gas mass transit buses to labour and provide to the major cities across the country on a scale-up basis thereafter to all states and local governments before December 2021.
  • 10% of the ongoing ministry of housing and finance initiative to be allocated to Nigerian workers through the NLC and TUC.
  • Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to integrate the leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) into an already established steering committee.
  • NNPC to expedite the rehabilitation of the four refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.
  • Port Harcourt refinery to reach 50 percent by December 2021 and a steering committee to determine completion date for Warri and Kaduna refineries.
  • After rehabilitation, NNPC to involve PENGASSAN and NUPENG in the process of establishing the operational model of the refineries.
  • NNPC to expedite work on the build, operate and transfer framework for the pipelines and depots network for transportation and distribution of petroleum products to match the delivery timelines of the refineries.
  • FG to facilitate the delivery of licensed modular and regular refineries, involve upstream companies in petroleum refining and establish a financing framework in the downstream sector.
  • FG to ensure delivery of one million CNG/LPG AutoGas conversion kits, storage skids and dispensing units under the Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme by December 2021 for cheaper transportation and power fuel.
  • A team comprising the representatives of the NNPC, NUPENG, PENGASSAN, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), will be established to monitor the progress of the rehabilitation of the refineries and the pipelines/strategic depots network and advice the steering committee.
  • FG, labour unions to set up a technical committee to examine the justification for a new cost-reflective tariff introduced by the NERC, advise FG on the issues that have hindered the deployment of the six million meters, examine the tariffs imposed by DisCos in comparison to NERC’s order and examine the NERC act with a view of expanding its representation to include labour
  • Suspension of new electricity tariff while the committee concludes its assignment
  • FG’s 40 percent stake in DisCos should be reflected in the composition of the board of the DisCos.
  • An all-inclusive and independent review of the power sector operations as provided in the privatisation MOU will be carried out before the end of 2020, with labour represented.
  • The moribund National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) be inaugurated before the end of 2020 to institutionalise the process of dialogue on major socio–economic and labour matters to avoid crisis.



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