President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, have appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, to shelve boycott their planned nationwide strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.
President Tinubu who was represented by the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, appealed while speaking during a public lecture and special Juma’at prayer, marking the 63rd Independence Anniversary of the country at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Friday, September 29, 2023.
During the lecture, the Deputy Senate President reiterated the commitment of President Tinubu’s administration to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on the people.
He said: “The Sultan has talked about the issue of strike by NLC. I also call on behalf of His Excellency, the President, and the entire government that the labour leaders should shelve the strike.
“Let’s dialogue, let’s sit together, let’s understand ourselves, and let’s look at the prevailing situation in the country. How do we meet this country, the challenges ahead, and the current challenges? It is through dialogue that we can be able to solve our problems collectively.
“This government is new and it is working hard to bring succour to the entire people of this country.
“It has set aside N500bn and other packages are being unveiled to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal. Therefore, we need to support and pray for the government.”