Why Labour—FG Talks Stalled And Strike/Protests Continue Monday

Labour reps and Ginance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
By Owei Lakemfa /John Kolawole

The talks between the Federal Government and Labour represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja on Saturday 14th January, 2012  stalled due to differences on the methodology in finding a solution to the crisis.

 

Labour’s analysis of the situation is that tension is very high in the land following the fuel price increase, the resultant strikes, rallies and street protests and the human causalities that have followed. And that a suspension of the new petrol prices will reduce tension and return the country to normalcy.

We decided to make a plea to President Goodluck Jonathan in the overriding interest of the country to suspend the PMS (petrol) price increases and direct that talks between government and Labour be concluded on the petroleum industry especially at it affects fuel subsidy and pricing within a short time frame.
We made a pledge that once the price increase suspension is announced, Labour and its allies will immediately suspend the strikes, rallies and street protests.

The summary of Labour’s position at the meeting was that talks and consultations were on-going before government aborted them by announcing the 120-220 per cent increase in the price of petrol, and that it is necessary to return to the status quo in order to douse tension, return the country to normalcy and allow for a conducive atmosphere for consultations and talks.

However, Government’s only offer was to reduce the new prices while declining to allow a phased price increase. We think that the government position will not return the country to normalcy. The Labour Movement pledges that whenever and wherever government invites us for talks, we shall be there without any conditionality.   

Objectives of the Strikes and Protests
The Labour Movement once again reiterate that the strikes, rallies and streets protests must be peaceful and that the objective is the reversal of the petrol (PMS) prices to their pre-January 1, 2012 level.  We are therefore not campaigning for ‘Regime Change’

The Labour Movement is wedded to democracy, therefore, anybody or group that wants a change in the political leadership of the country at whatever level, should do so through the ballot box.

The Labour Movement and its Civil Society allies are also saddened by the unprecedented loss of lives and injuries sustained during the indefinite strikes, rallies and streets protests that commenced from Monday January 9, 2012.

We reiterate that those who visit violence on protesters and their masters who gave such evil orders will individually be brought to justice.

We in the Labour Movement have done our duty to our country; we have made tremendous sacrifices including loss of lives; we have carried out the mandate of the Nigerian people; we can do no more.

For the avoidance of any doubt, the indefinite strikes, rallies and protests continue nationwide from Monday 16th January 2012.
 
Owei Lakemfa                                               John Kolawole
Acting General Secretary                           Secretary General
Nigeria Labour Congress                     Trade Union Congress

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labour is a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900;
characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries. For more information see
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As an expert on "Body

As an expert on "Body Language".I would like to point out that the above picture depicting the labour representatives and Ngozi Iweala has a lot
to say about the two labour men and their host.

In Africa, moreso Nigeria when a man greets a woman with two arms joined together coupled with a bow. It is a suggestive posture that does not show or speak well of the man in question. The reverse should have been the case. The Handshake should have been with one arm to one arm.

Their faces did not reflect the mood of the people they went to represent. The Lady may smile since she wants to woo these men to buy her economic idea in question. But those two labour representatives should not have smiled back to her, so as to let her know that the issue at stake is not a laughing matter.

In fact if these two labour representatives are accused of compromising the negotiation. From the above picture the accusation can be plausible.

Omar bowl to Iweala???????

I was not happy seen Mr Omar bowing to Iweala the during the meeting. I look at the face of things..The distance between the Labor Leader and this top officials monsters destroying the economy of this name subsidy removal.They did not know time will catch on them this fast and Senate Governor is doing is best to quench the fire because if he doesn;t the fire will not only burn Mr president alone but him also and the rest so called Cabals..

Advice to Mr Omar..I believe you're not a corrupt leader and you're a true lover of this Nation called Nigeria..if you;er such a bad labor leader you would have collected bribe from them and thank you for standing your ground and please stop bowing to any of them..Stop now don't bowl to thief's and i want you to put this to practice now.Thanks

Re: Nigeria on edge

Spot on!

only fools

Only fools and d ignorants will see d current standoff between people and d govt as sectarian. Its everybody that is involved weither yoruba or ibo or hausa or ijaw or urhobo. We are nigerians. Lets be united against these cabals in govt whose objective is 2 perpetually enslave us. Next election lets shine our eyes!!!

How not to remove subsidy.

Let's stop attacking eachother because of our tribe. Nigeria as an entity if we don't like it would continue to exist. So let us extend hands over the Niger and Benue rivers to caal a spade a spade. GEJ is not the problem but there are people benefiting from the system. I don't oppose subsidy removal, Most governments earn tax income from petrol. About 60% of the cost of a litre of Petrol in the UK is 1 form of Tax or another. But no control increases petrol 100% in 1 day. Let's withdrawal of subsidy in Nigeria be phased. Most people pay lip service to tribalism. The problem is not your brother/sister on this forum. Its the people makinh 1.4trillion in a year from Subsidy. The present protest are the way to go.

Nigeria on Edge

Regardless of what some paid government agents will have us believe, the fact remains that fuel subsidy was not a creation of the masses but government as a result of it's incompetence and corruption.

I had Gov Akpabio on channels questioning the intents of some of the stalwarts of the popular mass protest and insinuating political undertones. My question to these dumb heads of governors and others; are these persons not nigerians? Because they do not belong to your political party or because you rigged them out does not take away their rights as nigerians. In any case, every Nigerian was carrying on with their lives until people like Akpabio advised the federal government to step on the dormant tail of nigerians.

These our inept so called leaders will always miss the point, first thing first. Fix the refineries, fix corruption, cut your salaries/allowances, cut the cost of governance, fix the roads, fix power, then you can remove the subsidy. Nigerians will not even notice.

It is clear the negotiators

It is clear the negotiators are still focusing on reduction of fuel price when they should be looking at the bigger picture of greed and incompetence of our leaders. If the price goes back to N65 and business as usual, what would we have gained. We need to use this window of opportunuty to seek and effect change, if only for posterities sake!

Im disappointed hw can u

Im disappointed hw can u think like this,so myopic and irrational.

Whoever you are,you are just

Whoever you are,you are just myopic and think this is about ethnic divide,you are just being stupid

Misleading information

Thanks Emeka for your comment, there are too many so called educated people spreading misinformation.
I find it difficult to understand why people can not understand that the govt is not receiving any income on the 445000 barrels reserved for local consumption. The income that would have been accrued, if it is sold at the true market price, is what the govt is loosing as subsidy.
The NNPC sells this crude at the real market but uses these same funds to pay subsidy to marketers, hence the net gain is zero.
It is these funds that the govt wants to access, what we should address is how to ensure that it is not wasted and how to significantly reduce govt spending.
While i agree with people like Bakare, on the need for good governance, their claim that there is no subsidy is very misleading.

MR KNOW NOTHING

IS ONDO STATE PART OF IGBOS OR NIGER DELTANS BECAUSE THEY ARE OIL PRODUCING STATE

SUBSIDY REMOVAL : HEIGHT OF CORRUPTION

It saddens the heart to notice that the Government of Jonathan is purely a deceptive one.
If subsidy removal were in the best interest of Nigerians, they would have reverted to former pump price for petrol (N65),at least to create a platform for further negotiation.
How many people have lost their lives in these protests? If any of Jonathan's family had been part of it, what would have been his reaction?
Imagine Jonathan consulting with Asari Dokubo to threaten people to stop protest. What does that suggests? He is a useless human being.
When he's ready to enjoy his chldren, God will visit him with unending sorrows.

Quote me, unless, this strike ceases tonight.

Re:impressive stand

Wen jesus christ is abt 2 be crucified he carried d cross on his shoulder,it wil be xtremely stupid of you 2 be xpectng Yoruba 2 fight Northerners on ur so called SS or SE geo political zone.INGRATEs if nt bcos of OBJ dt liberate u,who wld av heard Good/Badluck jonathan.

Ken Mari, you are obviously

Ken Mari, you are obviously insane.

You are not a Nigerian. You belong to a breed we are trying to wipe out in this nation - bigotry has no place in the new Nigeria.

You are tribalism and you should hide your face in shame

SUBSIDY REMOVAL:NOT IN THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS

IF JONATHAN TOOK THE DECISION IN THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS, HE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE REVERTED TO N65 FUEL PUMP PRICE TO FORESTALL POSSIBLE LOSS OF LIVES AS A RESULT OF PROTEST.
HE HAS CONSULTED WITH ASARI DOKUBO TO THREATEN LABOUR LEADERS
ISNT HE CRASY?

SUBSIDY REMOVAL:NOT IN THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS

IF JONATHAN TOOK THE DECISION IN THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS, HE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE REVERTED TO N65 FUEL PUMP PRICE TO FORESTALL POSSIBLE LOSS OF LIVES AS A RESULT OF PROTEST.
HE HAS CONSULTED WITH ASARI DOKUBO TO THREATEN LABOUR LEADERS
ISNT HE CRASY?

SUBSIDY REMOVAL:HEIGHT OF CORRUPTION

It saddens the heart to notice that the Government of Jonathan is purely a deceptive one.
If subsidy removal were in the best interest of Nigerians, they would have reverted to former pump price for petrol (N65),at least to create a platform for further negotiation.
How many people have lost their lives in these protests? If any of Jonathan's family had been part of it, what would have been its reaction?
Imagine Jonathan consulting with Asari Dokubo to threaten people to stop protest. What does that suggests? He is a useless human being.
When he's ready to enjoy his chldren, God will visit him with unending sorrows.

Quote me, unless, this strike ceases tonight.

BRIBE

Apart from Labour, it is clear that certain elements intend to use this platform to serve political and pecuniary interests. Especially when some downstream oil marketers have pledged to contribute over 1 billion for the 'Occupants'!

You re a big fool!

You re a big fool!

Stop misinforming people

Some educated people keep misinforming others in order to make cheap political points. Nigeria produces 2.4M barrels of crude oil per day. We don't have facilities for exploration and drilling. Exploration and drilling are done by multinational oil companies and they have a share of the crude produced. Part of the crude produced is also reserved for domestic refineries. The remaining are then sold at international market. The money from the sales belongs to d federation account & is shared between federal, state, local govt & strategic reserves. The info u are circulating about what accrues to fed govt is very false!

Haba Mr president!

I think the president should please think
about this country if He really want peace
to exist,He should please forget about this
SUBSIDY ISSUE so that we can start something
that will help to keep the country moving!

Sick Mind

You need medical help.Shikena

Impressive Stand!

THIS IS AN IMPRESSIVE STAND, THERE WERE KILLINGS OF MOSTLY IGBOS AND NIGER DELTANS IN THE NORTH, IGBOS AND NIGER DELTANS ARE VERY ANGRY AND HOPING THE YORUBAS AND "NON-BOKO HARAM" NORTHERNERS WILL SHOW THEIR SUPPORT, THEY DID NOT.

NOW YOU HAVE FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL THAT AFFECTS EVERYBODY, JUST BECAUSE THEY, YORUBAS AND HAUSA/FULANI WILL BE EQUALLY AFFECTED, THERE ARE MASSIVE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN LAGOS, KANO, KADUNA AND NONE IN ENUGU, PH, CALABAR, UYO, YENEGOA.
IT'S EITHER THE YORUBAS AND HAUSA/FULANI DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF IGBOS AND NIGER DETLANS OR THEY KNOW WHAT THESE TWO DON'T KNOW.

******THE EARLIER IGBOS AND NIGER DELTANS UNDERSTAND THAT REGARDLESS OF THEIR PAST ANIMOSITY, THEY ARE REALLY ONE! THE BETTER FOR THEM. JUST IMAGINE THAT OIL IS FROM YORUBALAND OR THE NORTH, OR THAT THE PERESIDENT IS A YORUBAMAN OR HAUSA/FUALANI, WHICH CITIES WILL THE STRIKES BE?*******

Pay The Minimum Wage Jonathan Or Shame On You!

NLC thank you very much. I proud to be a Nigerian at this moment. Nigerian belongs to the collective and not governors and Jonathan's cabal.

rig2015electionyoudie@rocketmail.com

There is a lot of hypocrisies

There is a lot of hypocrisies in the land.I am concerned that people refused to become educated on what they ought to know.

Mr Jonathan 'YOU SEE AM.

Mr Jonathan 'YOU SEE AM. INYANGA DEY SLEEP UGBARUGBA GO DEY WAKE AM' Being a President is knowing when to make the right call. Planlessness, cluelessness and comfotable with corruption and tolorating corruption are not only deplorable, but will definitely lead to downfall and disgrace. If you know that subsidy removal is very bad politics but very good and sound politics as I believe, you must stand firm, fair and just. Double speaking and talking from both sides of the mouth is very fraudulent and it is the usual Nigeria 419 pure and simple.

I suspect NLC/TUC

Ola Peters, although Yorubas are known to be full of puring out curses and abuses on themselves, I think your use of invectives to describe Lakenfa, Omar etc is most uncivil and doesnt portray you as one with good home training. finally, you may be basking in the anonymity of this medium, but your sin can locate you- what you sow, you shall reap. Please do not shorten your days on earth by abusing people anyhow. Wishing you all the best even in the midst of this national trouble.

Subsidy

I Think its unfair that members of the executive council live comfy while the mass suffer. They should revert so people can recover from last yrs losses.

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