The Federal Government has invited labour leaders for a meeting over the recent hike in the price of fuel, our source learnt yesterday.
The meeting is expected to hold today and the government will try to dissuade labour from embarking on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, a source said.
NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba told our source on phone he was aware that an invitation for talks had been sent from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
But he said the letter had not been delivered because Sunday was a work- free day.
Sources said the government wanted to meet the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress today to iron out the areas of disagreement.
Asked about the latest development regarding its planned nationwide strike, Wabba said the communiqué jointly issued by organised labour on Saturday concerning the strike subsisted.
However, the ranks of the labour union remained divided over the planned strike.
Oil workers had pulled out of the strike Friday and backed the government on deregulation of the oil sector that led to increase in the price of petrol.
The association of pilots and other workers in the aviation sector have also backed the government saying they would not take part in the strike.
The government also yesterday got the backing of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal will today address Nigerians on the new prices of petrol and the crisis it has generated.
Deputy spokesman in the office of the SGF Mohammed Dakwoji told our source last night in Abuja that the SGF met Friday and Saturday with stakeholders and would also hold other meetings today before he would brief Nigerians.
He could however not be specific on whether the Labour unions who had threatened industrial actions over the matter are part of the meetings held or among those listed for today.
“Yes the SGF had been having meetings over this matter. You know this is a sort of crisis and stakeholders and Nigerians are resolving whatever differences may occur. By tomorrow (today) the SGF Engineer Babachir David Lawal would brief Nigerians on the outcome and progress of the situation,” Dakwoji said.
Another official who pleaded not to be named for ‘official reasons’ told our source that the SGF had met with some individuals and organisations over the new fuel price.