As the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) kick starts industrial strike action Wednesday, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has appealed to the organised labour to shelve the proposed nationwide strike in the interest of the nation.
The Minister, who made this appeal in his office, reiterated that present situation does not call for strike as the country is presently passing through economic challenges.
His words: “I will like to appeal to the labour leaders to listen to the appeals from the generality of the people that it is not the time to strike in Nigeria because we all know what our dear country is going through economically.”
According to him, “we all know what the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing to ensure that we get out of the economic challenges we are facing, which really is as a result of factors that arose totally beyond the control of everyone in government now, including the citizens.”
Malam Bello remarked that the Minister of State for Petroleum, during his interactive session with the members of the House of Representatives, had explained the rationale behind the hike and all the reasons were definitely very convincing as they are a reflection of reality on ground.
He, therefore, urged the leadership of the labour to use their position to encourage all workers to support the government policy and also to ensure that government organisations and individuals that are supposed to regulate and oversee the entire petroleum value chain from exploration, refining, importation, distribution and eventual retail, to make sure that everybody works efficiently.