Labour, government in separate strategy meetings in Abuja

This crowd might return to the streets Monday

The three key parties to the prevailing subsidy logjam are at the moment meeting in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in a last ditch attempt to hammer out strategies for further negotiation.

The government team, consisting key ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and some members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA) are meeting at the official residence of the Senate President, David Mark, who is facilitating the labour/government talks. He is said to be company with the Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as other top officers of the National Assembly.

Similarly, the National Executive Councils (NECs) of both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Nigeria are meeting in separate locations to review the outcome of last night’s parley with the government, which ended in a deadlock.

The NLC and TUC are expected to harmonise their positions in case government calls for a fresh round of negotiation. 

The government team is expected to head to the Presidential Villa with the outcome of the meeting to brief President Goodluck Jonathan, who is said to be under increasing pressure to take a decision to douse the mounting tension in the country.

Some aides of the president are also pressuring him to make a national broacast to the nation as labour and civil society gear up to resume the nationwide mass protest tomorrow. 

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