The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced that it will dialogue with organized labour groups in Nigeria over the expected removal of fuel subsidy.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the NGF and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi in a press briefing after the NGF’s meeting in Abuja on Thursday
He stated that other issues discussed by the governors include insecurity and of course, the Electoral Bill which recently had direct primaries options rescinded by the Senate.
What the NGF chief is saying
Governor Fayemi said that the NGF discussed the issue around petroleum subsidy and concluded to engage the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress.
“We will engage them on how best to address this issue without causing any disaffection but with a view to salvaging the Nigerian economy for the Nigerian people at the end of the day.
“So, we shall be engaging the NLC as sub national leaders and with a view to ensure that the outcome of our engagement will also be fed into the national discourse,” Fayemi said.
On the reports of proposed petrol price changes to N302 per litre, he said the governors had no input on it, adding that it is the responsibility of the National Economic Council,
He commended the Senate for rescinding the direct primaries issue related to the Electoral Act.
“Governors also reviewed the recently launched National Development Plan 2021 to 2025. This is with a view to ensuring that the National Development Plan is aligned to individual state development plans that have been produced or in the process of being produced to ensure synergy between the development efforts by the Federal as well as state governments,” Fayemi said.
What you should know
Recall Nairametrics reported earlier that the Office of the Vice President has denied that the Yemi Osinbajo-led National Economic Council (NEC) recommended lifting the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol to N302 per litre. They acknowledged that there are indeed ongoing discussions on the issue of fuel subsidy, however, at no time has NEC made any such resolution as reported.