Moves to avert a massive workers’ strike over the fuel price increase – from N86.50kobo to N145 – began at the weekend. Labour Unions are planning to go on strike as from Wednesday to force a reversal of the increase. But the Federal Government is calling for talks to stop the action.
Besides, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and a coalition of civil society organisations have called on Labour to take it easy. The government has said the new price regime came about because there is no FOREX for importers who must now source for their FOREX from secondary sources and import in a deregulated environment.
In a statement yesterday, the President of the ACCI, Mr Tony Ejinkeonye, said: “ACCI is calling on the NLC to shelve their planned nationwide strike.