FULL DETAILS: Agreement between FG and organised labour

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FG and labour union leaders worked out an agreement on Monday morning
FG and labour union leaders worked out an agreement on Monday morning

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the organised labour reached an agreement to suspend the nationwide strike in the early hours of Monday.

Orgnaised labour had agreed that it would suspend its industrial action after the federal government rescinded its decision to increase electricity tariff but not the deregulation of petroleum.

Below is the full details of their agreement.

NOTICE ON RECENT ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN FGN AND ORGANIZED LABOUR

The Federal Government and Organised Labour (NLC, TUC and others) held consultation meetings on September 15, 24 and 27, 2020.

Following the extensive deliberations, the following resolutions have been reached:

A Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff policy has been established. It is chaired by the HMS Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, and comprises FG MDAs, NLC and TUC, and will work over the next two weeks, starting today.

Federal Government has suspended the increment in electricity tariff
Federal Government has suspended the increment in electricity tariff

Its mandate shall include:

a. Examine justification for the electricity tariff review

b. Review the deployment of meters and advice FG on issues hindering implementation

During this two-week period, DISCOs will suspend implementation of the electricity tariff adjustments.

The PMS subsidy regime has stifled downstream sector growth. In addition, the dire financial circumstances of the Federation preclude the ability to sustain any subsidy on PMS, and thus makes the deregulation of the sector inevitable.

NNPC will expedite rehabilitation of its Refineries, with a 50% completion target for Port Harcourt by December 2021.

NNPC will integrate national leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN into the Steering Committee already established to oversee the Rehabilitation Exercise.

A Validation Team comprising of Reps of NNPC, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), NUPENG and PENGASSAN will be stablished to monitor the progress of the Rehabilitation of Refineries, Pipelines and Depot Networks, and to advice the Steering Committee periodically.

The Federal Government (FG) will continue to facilitate licensing and delivery of new modular and regular refineries.

FG will ensure delivery of 1 million CNG/LPG Autogas Conversion Kits, Storage Skids and Dispensing Units under the Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme, by December 2021.

A Governance Structure for this project will be established, and will include Labour Representatives.

FG will work to facilitate removal of tax on minimum wage.

FG will make available to Labour 133 CNG/LPG-driven Mass Transit Buses immediately, for use in major cities nationwide, and thereafter extend to all States and LGAs before December 2021.

Ongoing FG Housing Initiatives will have 10 percent allocated to Nigerian workers.

Moribund National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) will be revived before the end of 2020, to institutionalize dialogue and engagement on socio-economic and labour issues to forestall future crises.